RakasaFit brings belly dance to the people! Integrating standard workout drills with the deep core fitness that naturally exists in belly dance, it's a perfect cross-training workout for anyone. Participants drill each essential belly dance shape through multiple variations, reinforced with core conditioning movements that are typical across fitness styles. Accompanied by nonstop invigorating Middle Eastern and world dance remixes, this consistent format allows participants to think less about keeping up with choreography, and simply dial into movement quality.
It was amazing to be in the body and move so freely and to be out of the mind." -- Manu
Although belly dance is often perceived as an entertainment art form, it's also a powerful movement and fitness practice distinguished for its deep focus on torso and hip engagement. It intersects other major dance styles, including Latin, African, and Hip Hop.
It's like a mix between yoga, belly dance, and aerobics, but it's like this really deep technique that gets you at your core." --Amber
Most fitness practices involve a lot of external arm and leg movement, with minimal movement throughout the torso, hips, and thighs, leaving us unnecessarily rigid. Engaging the core and torso into the infinite fluidity of belly dance, RakasaFit focuses on awakening and strengthening these areas, igniting new creative energy from the center and new ways of moving that compliment all other activities, leaving us truly balanced, healthy, functional, and complete.
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As a professional belly dancer, it helped me repeat some of the things I learned from the very beginning and really get it back into my body in a very technical way. I was able to focus on my form and really get into the technique of those movements that I still need to have down really well to perform. And a great workout too, so it keeps me fit." --Nancy
In RakasaFit, belly dance moves are structured according to shape, dimension, and direction. The basic shapes we embody are circles, waves, lines, and vibrations, which reflect the essential elements of our universe. These moves are drilled exploring variations with feet, arms, and more, often combined with standard fitness moves such as level changes, lunges, and cross-lateral reaches, to reinforce muscles being engaged and to boost the workout intensity. These combinations are basic but the workout is challenging, enabling all participants to benefit!
I'm used to doing all these fitness classes like Kickboxing and Weight Lifing, so I tend to be a bit more like you have to control everything, and I felt in belly dancing like we're kind of loosening up the whole body and the hips, and it just felt really good for the body, and we were having fun, and smiling and just getting social with everybody. So I really enjoyed it." --Shimaa
RakasaFit is also a simple way to bring people and friends together around a rejuvenating activity to get centered and aligned for the week ahead. When we physically embody these elemental shapes, we find ourselves feeling more connected to ourselves and one another. We have fun and enjoy the journey.