Belly dancing and four more things to join online this week
If your New Year’s resolution this year was to try to be more active, it’s not too late to start. Lola Kennedy of Jade Wellness in Sault Ontario and Northern Life Yoga in Sault Michigan offers a virtual belly dance class this Thursday at 6 p.m.
The cost of the course is $15 and will be taught via Zoom. Participants can register in line.
Kennedy started belly dancing in 2006 with performance group The Zaghereets. She started teaching belly dancing in 2013 in Canada and the United States after returning from a musical theater program in New York, where she was able to continue her dance studies. She is also a certified 200 hour yoga instructor.
“Belly dancing is for everyone. It builds our self-esteem, improves posture, strengthens and it’s a movement that connects the body and the heart,” Kennedy said. “Hip, pelvis and core insulations help a woman’s body through every stage of her life cycle, especially before, during and after pregnancy. There are also many men who are dancers incredibly gifted stomach.
“The small, isolated movements really help our body release physically and emotionally. specific to our body. The shimmy in belly dancing gives our body the opportunity to release any form of tension trapped in our legs, hips and belly. Through this movement, we are able to connect with our innate joy out of our heads and into our bodies,” she said.
For Kennedy, belly dancing changed her life.
“I’m a woman with a bit more tissue on my body and I’ve never felt completely ‘good’ about myself due to our Western societal framework and how it’s embedded in society than a body. thin is a worthy body. When I first discovered belly dancing, I felt like I was coming back to myself,” she said. “It paved the way for me to self-acceptance and the joy of a child while having fun.”
For class, it is recommended to use a hip or piece scarf. If you don’t have one, you can use any scarf, cloth, or long-sleeved shirt to wrap around your hips. The extra weight around your hips adds to the awareness of your body and your movements.
Lola Kennedy can be reached via Facebook or Instagram @lola_shannon. All belly dancing classes will be delivered via Zoom. His next workshops take place from March 23 to April 27 on Tuesdays at 8:15 p.m.
Although the province is slowly reopening and the Algoma region is in the yellow zone, Saultites are still encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines and stay home as much as possible. In fact, many of us are staying indoors and online more than ever.
So every week, SooToday will share some of the virtual events happening to help you make the most of these unprecedented times and have fun safely at home.
If you or someone you know is planning a local virtual event (concert, class, celebration, etc.), email the details to [email protected]
Other events taking place this week include:
A virtual tour of the Great Wall of China
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World virtually and explore the Great Wall of China with this free virtual tour. The tour will take place online and will take place on March 18 at 7 p.m. EST.
Guides will take you back in time to explore the history of the Wall and take you on a virtual walk on the Wall. There will also be stops at the Ming Tombs to learn about its history and legacy in celebration of the mausoleums built by the emperors of this dynasty.
Whale Tail – Paint Night on Zoom
Paint with Chris from Artist’s Palette Durham Region on Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. and learn how to paint a whale tail in the ocean with a colorful sky in the background. This free painting lessons will be held virtually via Zoom and will feature step-by-step instructions. You will need a 16×20 canvas, acrylic paints consisting of primary colors and black and white, and brushes of various sizes.
Sunday Tai Chi sessions with Master Waysun Liao
Join students from all over the world and learn the most authentic and powerful Tai chi principles and practical advice from a true Taoist master, Master Waysun Liao. It offers free online Tai Chi and Tao classes via Zoom every Sunday at 12 p.m. virtual classroom will take place on March 21. Everyone is invited to join.
Reaching new heights with Alan Mallory
Alan Mallory, international speaker, author and performance coach, will host a virtual presentation featuring photos and video clips of his expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. This online event will be presented by Soo Mill and the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, and will take place on Tuesday March 23 at 7 p.m.
Mallory set a world record on Mount Everest with three members of her immediate family. It was a two month expedition in exciting but terrifying conditions. Their journey required perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. Mallory is known for delivering engaging presentations to help individuals, team members, and organizations reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take to achieve breakthrough performance.
Mallory holds an engineering degree from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in psychology from Adler University, and has worked internationally with major organizations as a professional engineer and project manager.
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