Fitnes & Fun for a Great Cause

Shimmy Mob donation class 2016Donation dance and yoga classes are intended to support a community of giving and sharing. All proceeds go to support the Family Safety Center of Memphis, in support of their work to serve families affected by domestic violence.

 

Special Offer on Drop-in Yoga Class Tonight!

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Join us for yoga tonight – March 1, 2016 at 7:00 at Mystic River Dance studio in First Congregational Church.

 

 

What I Love about Belly Dance

Here we have an Argentinian man teaching Middle Eastern dance to Chinese women.

…and that pretty much sums it up.

Thank you Oscar Flores for sharing this beautiful artform today! And thank you to the Sisters of the Phoenix for organizing the workshop.

 

 

New Year, New You

Let’s get moving!  Start the New Year off with confidence, grace, and poise. All levels are welcome – No experience necessary.

New dance and yoga classes Tuesday nights starting January 12, 2016.

 

Memphis Dance Class

Dealing with Fear in the Creative Life

If you’ve ever experienced the “tumbling piles of fear” that can come with living a creative, authentic life, the video below is for you.  Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat. Pray. Love., Committed, and Big Magic, shares how she handles fear.  I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

Yoga & Pilates Home Practice Videos

Greetings Friends!

Naturally I’m all in favor of group exercise classes. The benefits are numerous. First off, they are a great way to meet new people who share your values (health, fitness, and fun!!) and who are likely to keep you motivated and inspired to meet your goals.  Practice time seems to go by a lot faster when you’re with a group.  Another advantage of group classes is consistency. Having a regularly scheduled class can help you develop a regular routine.  A third benefit is that instructors are generally trained to offer safe and effective exercise programming.  We take into consideration the need for warm-ups, cool-downs, focus on particular muscle groups, etc.  When we practice on our own, it’s human nature to skip poses that seem “boring” or to focus on our favorites.

All that said, sometimes we just have to practice on our own due to scheduling or logistics.  For that reason, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite yoga and Pilates videos below.

Blogilates – Cassey Ho has a bunch of videos with core-strengthening exercises. She’s so upbeat and peppy that she makes me smile even when she’s hurting me.

If you’re looking for a more mellow style, Tara Stiles is great – she has a wide range of yoga videos for beginner and intermediate practice.

Yoga Journal has a lot of practice videos geared to specific activities and populations. For example, here’s a sequence recommended for trail runners:

http://www.yogajournal.com/video/cross-training/yoga-trail-running/

Rodney Yee has some excellent videos as well for a variety of levels.  He practices in gorgeous places with pretty cool music.

Have you found any videos that you love?  Please share links below!

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New Belly Dance & Yoga Class Starting October 2015!

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