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RakasaFit is typically a 60-minute workout consisting of seven combinations, starting with a warm up and finishing with a deep cool-down stretch. Each combination drills a different belly dance move explored through multiple variations, and may also include a standard fitness pattern. Variations can include feet positioning (elevated/flat/one of each/together/apart), level changes, speed changes, traveling, and arm patterns. Most repetitions are in quantities of four or eight. As a brief segue between each combination, we often reground with shimmies, which maintain intensity yet function to release the muscles contracted in all other movements.
The workout begins with big movements to warm up large muscle groups in the torso, thighs, ankles, and feet; and ignite the spine from the pelvis through the shoulders and arms. We finish the warm-up with shimmies, then begin the workout of seven combinations. Learn the RakasaFit warm-up here.
Each combination is labeled according to its essential belly dance move.
Combo 1: Hip Lifts
Combo 2: Exterior Hip Circles
Combo 3: Top-Down Undulations
Combo 4: Bottom-Up Undulations
Combo 5: Vertical Top-Down Figure 8s (“Maya”)
Combo 6: Lateral Figure 8s (both directions)
Combo 7: Interior Hip Circle (“Omi”)
Cool Down Stretch
The RakasaFit cool down stretch is generally 6-9 minutes, moving at a rapid pace and elegantly flowing through a series of 12-15 positions, designed with intuitive and seamless transitions and emphasis on opening the hips and spine. We finish in a standing circle, feeling the energy from the earth through our center, and between each other. We finalize with a self-hug for self-love. Learn the RakasaFit cool down stretch here.
Logic & Principles
- One move per combination