Yogi Moments : Nomadic Belly Dancer

We had a chance to catch up with The Nomadic Belly Dancer!  She gave us a little peek into her world of Yoga and Belly Dancing!
What began first belly dancing or yoga?

I remember practicing splits and cobra pose when I was about three years old. I’m not sure exactly how it started, but I have always been a dancer and a mover.Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.29.08 PM My first kiddie movement class was in the first grade. I discovered belly dance at university. Although I hadn’t officially gone to my first yoga class, dance warmups and yoga have a lot of similarities.

How did you come across yoga?

I am not sure! I always enjoyed stretching and flexibility and balance as a child. I attended my first yoga class during college, but it felt very familiar to me.

How does belly dancing and yoga compliment each other? Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.15.13 PM

Yoga has improved my flexibility, strength, balance and breath control. Being a dancer tends to make my yoga poses flow gracefully.

Which one gives you more of a challenge?

When I focus on improvement in either one, it is challenging–if I take it easy, either discipline can be quite relaxing and laid back.

What brings you the most joy during your yoga practice as well as after? 

Yoga is at once calming and energizing–same as belly dance. It’s exhilarating to activate your muscles and your mind and to notice yourself getting stronger.

Since you are very familiar with belly activity do you practice any particular breathing techniques during meditation or yoga? Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.26.35 PM

I should do more! I’ve been trying to practice breathing exercises more often.

Do you require anything before you begin a session?

Music, sage, incense etc… I don’t need anything! Not even a mat. Just like the quote says–as long as there is the mind and the breath, there can be yoga.

What is your favorite part about practicing yoga at the beach? 

Beautiful view! Also, increased flexibility from the heat.

How was your trip to Egypt? and have you ever heard of Kemetic Yoga ?

Egypt was surreal. I was on a reality show, so while I was able to explore a bit of Cairo, our activities were pretty much scheduled for us.  I have heard of Kemetic yoga, but haven’t looked much into it.

If there was one person you could get to do yoga who would it be?

 Just one person?  …I choose my whole family.
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What is the best part of aerial yoga? 

Flying locust. 🙂

Does being vegan help your practice of belly dancing and yoga? & Why would you recommend that choice to others?

The yogic principle of ahimsa–non harming–aligns well with veganism. I honestly became vegetarian because I found the idea of eating dead animals quite repulsive. Later, I realized the moral side of it. It’s prettScreen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.29.45 PMy cruel. Not to mention the environmental and health benefits! Vegan for the win! I love being vegan. It is

(1) highly enjoyable and (2) no big deal once you get the hang of it.

What is the one place in the world that you have not done yoga but plan on traveling to for that purpose?

 This is a tricky question, because I want to go EVERYWHERE.  I wouldn’t go to most places solely for the purpose of practicing yoga. Wherever I am, there is yoga. Yoga can be done anywhere!
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