In these essays, dancers and scholars from around the world carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. They explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities.
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Like in life, beauty and beautiful outfits should never be left for "special days" or "special occasions". Everyday is a special day and everything you do creates a special occasion. Life is too short to keep beautiful things for those days, moments, events ... that never come. If anything, those special things you keep for the special days only remind you more and more that the special days never come and what a depressing thought! Not only that but it makes not appreciate the everyday things you do.
Try to look at every practice session and class you take as a special occasion because you might never perform and it's not about performing at the end of the day. We dance because we love it and whether in class or in our living room, looking our best if for us and us only and that brings a special feeling not audience could understand and no amount of applause could replace.
So dress your best and feel your best without an audience every time you dance no matter where it is.
Here are some beautiful simple and minimalist outfits that work great for regular practice and training and look amazing.
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Celebrated Ayurveda teacher Ananta Ripa Ajmera offers an inspiring introduction to this ancient Indian medical tradition, which complements and extends the health and wellness benefits of yoga. Through 108 short essays you will learn to approach optimal digestion, better sleep, less stress, and a more balanced life. Diet is key, and many essays are accompanied by recipes that incorporate into daily meals spices such as turmeric, cumin, ginger, and mustard seeds. In addition, meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, and self-care practices such as oil pulling and massage, make this time-tested wisdom available to ontemporary holistic health enthusiasts — even beginners.
“An informative and beautifully written book on how to live a balanced life. It’s the perfect gift to type A people like me who think they’re too cool for healthy living.” — Trabian Shorters, editor of best-selling Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding and founding CEO of BMe Community
“An honest window into Ayruvedic traditions, providing simple, powerful, and effective strategies to choose health.” — Lara Galinsky, author of Work on Purpose and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact
“If you want to change the world, this is the book for you because change starts with ourselves. These 108 steps are simple, clear, and doable. This liberated ancient wisdom illuminates the path with clarity and light.” —Susan Davis, co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know
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"Ancient wisdom in simple, doable steps"
– Susan Davis, coauthor of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know
Discover how the inspired lifestyle teachings of Ayurveda, yoga's ancient sister science, can transform your everyday life. Celebrated Ayurveda teacher Ananta Ripa Ajmera offers 108 accessible, holistic practices to help you achieve optimal digestion, improve sleep, diminish stress, and find inner balance.
These practices for enhancing mind, body, and spirit are easy to incorporate into your day, making it simple to use this time-tested wisdom to awaken your naturally healthy self.
About the Author
Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an Ayurveda Practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught Ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.