There is an art and a science to inviting Aphrodite into our lives, and I am excited to share these incredibly effective ways to connect with and embrace your Inner Goddess so your brilliant light can shine.
These jewels are based on Kisses from your True Self – simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you.
The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like.
Women in our society tend to make ourselves smaller. We typically care for other people better than for ourselves, and often believe we are “too big” physically. Healthy self-expression is often suppressed because it takes up “to much room” or “too much time,” allocating resources to ourselves instead of other people. It is a rare experience to feel at home with oneself, comfortable enough with the space you need to actually let your energy expand.
If you are a new mother, most of your time and energy is undoubtedly spent caring for your baby. This is perfectly appropriate and as nature intended for the survival of our species. And yet, there must be space for you.
Dance is a metaphor for life. Join four remarkable women and soak up the inspiration as they share the magic of belly dance for well-being and launch the Mommy Muse’s new e-book, The Belly Dance Prescription: Shake Your Hips and Depression. Legendary belly dancer Delilah; Michelle Maniaci, who specializes in yoga and belly dance for pregnant and post-natal women; Lisa Sarasohn, author of The Woman’s Belly Book; and Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, believe that learning to dance brings us key information about living our lives.
The Belly Dance Prescription: Shake Your Hips and Depression!
I was on my way to perform for a fundraiser with a sister belly dance troupe a few years ago when I encountered a cattle drive. They are expected out here in the “Wild West,” and it struck me as particularly humorous to slowly work my car through hundreds of cattle while dressed in full belly dance attire. The experience did give me a perfect opportunity to slow down and think about one of my all-time favorite activities.
Belly dancing is my top recommendation for exercise and self-expression for prenatal and postpartum women. I love to watch and participate in dance wherever it finds me. I have found that most dance forms which are typically accepted as “serious” art, including jazz and ballet, have a narrow range of “acceptable” body types. Pregnant and postpartum women with rounded bellies and a new fullness to their hips may be uncomfortable trying to fit inside these strict parameters. Movements that leap and extend away from the earth with long, straight lines do not come naturally to the rounded, feminine form.
Belly dance, on the other hand, consistently helps women of all shapes and sizes express their emotions and feel beautiful in their own skin. In my role as belly dance instructor, women often approach me to say they are too fat, too thin, uncoordinated, or unattractive because of stretch marks and caesarian scars. I tell them to come on in and give it a try. A wonderful process unfolds as women enter into a supportive group environment and begin to accept themselves. New dancers expand their energy, strengthen and lengthen their bodies, increase their endurance and reclaim healthy self-expression. Rather than sucking in their stomachs and being ashamed of taking up space in the world, women learn to accept themselves. Bellies begin to be embraced as the center of our bodies and as respected spaces to create new life.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area that offers belly dance instruction, particularly for prenatal and postpartum women, I encourage you to sign up for a wonderful adventure. Michelle Maniaci of www.NurturingMoves.com in Florida tailors yoga and belly dance for pregnant and postnatal women specifically for therapeutic purposes. Check your local bulletin boards, ask around and search online to see what is available. If you can’t find a local class, consider checking your local library or an online retailer for beginning belly dance DVDs to get you started. The legendary Delilah has a website at www.VisionaryDance.com offering a terrific array of instructional dance videos, informative articles and links on all aspects of the dance.