Raks al Sharqi (Dance of the East), also known, as belly dance is a wonderful way to get regular exercise, which crosses the boundaries for all ages and sizes. It has the added bonus of being a great form of socialising, making friends and exploring another culture.
Throughout history, this ritualised expression of creativity has usually been performed by women for other women, generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage. In most cases, the presence of men is not permitted.
Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasise the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression and Mother Earth.
Most of the basic steps and techniques used in belly dancing involve circular motions isolated to a certain part of the body. For example, a circular movement “drawn” parallel to the floor by the hips is known as a “hip circle”, or by the rib-cage known as a “chest circle”.
It has many benefits:
- Toning the body
- Increasing cardio-vascular activity which helps to lower cholesterol and may lead to weight loss
- Improved posture – which leads toward good back care
- Improved flexibility, balance and co-ordination
Belly Dance also allows you how to tap into your:
- Positive energy patterns