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Why Bellydance?

WHY Belly Dance?!

Why would someone want to belly dance you may ask?

Well, there are so many reasons why people should bellydance!

If you are worried about it being a sexual thing, don’t worry, its less sexual than it is sensual in its movements. Originally the history of belly dance started as a dance developed by women for women.

Although there are misconceptions about what belly dance really is, be assured, and anyone can correct me, but it only became sexualized by men. Funnily enough, now belly dance has taken the entire world by storm and there are amazing male belly dancers as well. That being said, I welcome everyone into my classes.

If you are worried about showing your midsection? Guess what?! You don’t have to unless you feel comfortable doing so. In belly dance classes, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You can wear a full length tank top or t-shirt, or you can wear something showing your midsection. The main thing is, no matter the level of coverage, it should be form fitting so as your belly dance instructor, I can properly see your body movements.

If you decide to start performing in small student shows or even professionally one day, that’s another level and even there, there are options on coverage level. Main point here is, do not let this stop you from learning. I want my students to be comfortable coming to class.

Besides being really fun… I share a list of other reasons to belly dance. Some may come with an explanation.

  1. learning about how your body moves and feels

Starting your fitness journey doesn’t always need to start in the gym.

The way i teach belly dance (based on Hadia’s Amazing Body Logic System), you learn what muscles create certain belly dance moves, how these muscles are meant to work to create those movements and in turn you develop a greater sense of body awareness. So many people’s brains are detached from their bodies. I help you reconnect mind and body through belly dance. The methods I use to teach with, also provide the body with a nice massage!

   2. learning what it can do for your overall mind, body and soul.

Once you start to see how my methods to teach this dance art work, and you get more comfortable and confident in your abilities, you will see how belly dance starts to collectively affect your mind body and soul positively. I haven’t met a person yet, including myself, that this has not happened to.


3. learning that every person’s body, mind and soul is unique and so belly dance will empower each of you in a different way     

I think this is self explanatory. Every individual is unique. I expect feedback on this to be very different for everyone .

    4. learning about your strengths and weaknesses and having the courage to work on weaknesses in order to build them into strengths

Learning anything new will allow this to happen, but I find learning how your body works is an excellent avenue for this type of growth.

    5.            getting a great workout in a fun, safe and friendly environment

   6. allowing yourself to learn about a new culture while having fun and making friends

7.   allowing yourself to use your body for something it was built to do BELLY DANCE

If you want to bring fitness and health, joy and empowerment into your life, then come out and learn what belly dance can do for you!

Teaching at Carmen Romero’s Dance Studio

   If this convinces you to come try out a class, I invite you to a free demo class on:

Wednesday May 15th @12-1:30 pm at Training Spaces, 567 College Street West, Toronto, ON

          To reserve your spot in this free trial class please visit

https://live.vcita.com/site/kellykinetics or email kelly@kellykineticsonline.com to confirm you spot in this class

KellyKinetics ( aka Caliana – Alhambra Dance Hafla)

         

          

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Stepping Back

Sometimes we get caught up in our own lives, our own drama. When that happens, everything and everyone else around us seems to be more annoying….and then we fail to see that someone else actually may need help (more help than we need ourselves).

I stepped back a little last night, and instead of getting angry about a situation I realized that this was actually a moment to reach out and help a colleague (this was a sign that they needed guidance and optimism that there would be a turning point for the positive).

When is the last time you were able to do this (I cant get my question mark to work…hence no question mark after my questions right now).

Yes…everything is not always about you…sometimes we all need to step back to realize this. Its easy to get caught up in trivial things, or things we do not necessarily have control over.

Being able to do this type of thing will decrease your stress, and believe it or not, help you stay focused. This in turn helps you achieve all your goals whether health and fitness based, career based, or other.

Have a great day!

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Fitness Topics

I would like to be able to provide people with information about Health and Fitness Topics.

For me just because of my busy schedule, I think it would work better if people reply to this blog post with things you may want to learn about or want a different opinion about. That way I can manage my time better and not get overwhelmed with trying to make a decision about which topics to write about. Some topics may spark others at which time I will start to think about what comes next.

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End of Year Flamenco Recital

Well, it looks like its that time of year again! I am going to say, I don’t feel quite as confident in my Advanced Dance Class piece – Tarantos – as I did in all of my dance pieces last June, but it will definitely still go well.

The reason I don’t feel as confident comes from the fact that, I took the fall term off. I returned in January 2019 to find that the class had already learned almost half the choreography. This was the second year I had to catch up in learning a piece. Last year’s piece I learned from day 1 and our group practiced weekly so the chemistry in class and on stage made for 4 very confident dancers.

I also decided to reconnect with learning Flamenco Cante (singing). This year will be the first year I sing on stage…and, its in Spanish! I am pretty excited about that, but, there is one song we are learning out of all of them that for all of us seems so hard to memorize compared to all the others. My goal this week was to have half of that song memorized by tomorrow. I have it half memorized and its a day early. So I have full confidence that by the show next Friday, I will have that entire song memorized.

I am a little stressed, but over all, these shows are fun. The full school rehearsals start tomorrow!

My Recital will be next Friday June 28th @7pm!

Action Shot from Last Years Recital – 25 year Anniversary Show of Compania Carmen Romero
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My Core…Brace it? WHAT?!

I recently did a blog post about “There’s More to the Core”. I also have a blog post about the Deadbug. This has now prompted me to talk about this concept of bracing further, but in such a way, that the average person reading this can grasp it on a basic level.

I want to explain my choice of picture accompaniment! Ha-ha-ha. When I was looking for a picture that best showed what bracing
the core is, it was one of those conundrums again of, well, what
best represents bracing the core? There were so many options. I
decided to go for the feeling or what people will experience when bracing. The funny thing about this picture is, the photographer
says its a guy laughing…..to me I see bracing! LOL 

But if you think about it….when you laugh really hard, you are
actually bracing your core…. 

I have a client who I have had on a consistent basis for about 2
years 3 times weekly. When I was teaching her the deadbug, the
bracing concept did not come easily…. we worked at it for a long
time! One day I said something pretty funny, I made her
laugh while she was doing a deadbug and all of a sudden, BOOM! She felt the brace! Her core turned on, and she felt the hard brace with her back glued to the mat…..EUREKA! We were both so
elated!

I said to her, if ever you can’t find the brace I need from you to be
able to crush my hand into the mat and not let my fingers wiggle,
start laughing. She has now been able to consistently find that
brace, not only in the deadbug, but in many other exercises. Her
mind and body are really starting to connect, and there have
been a lot more AHA moments on a consistent basis.
Congratulations to Rita for not only reaching Baby Hardcore
Status, but starting to graduate to the next level! 

The other thing I have noticed over time, is the more experienced I become the more methods I can access within my brain to get
the concept across. The client-trainer relationship is a two way
street. While I teach my clients, my clients teach me. I love it! 

I have many types of exercises with both regressions and
progressions to help clients develop their ability to brace, as well
as different modes of teaching to get the concept across. No
matter what way you learn best, I can tap into your learning needs so you 100% get this!

Back to the picture! The Deadbug even though its one of those
exercises that looks like nothing, if done correctly you should feel an absolute torture! I see this man’s bracing through laughter in
two ways, amusement and pleasure, and also grimacing through
torture….hahaha..yes I am an oddball, but whatever…that’s me!
LOL  

Remember, being able to brace your core is a large determining
factor in how well you do in daily life currently and in the future. 

Tell me
Have you already mastered bracing your core?
OR
Have you learned how to brace your core, but are still not able to
do it correctly 100% of the time?
OR
Do you need to learn how to brace your core?
(you have never heard of it, or have heard of it but don’t know
how to do it or have tried and have no idea if you are doing it
correctly)

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Quality Versus Quantity

I was on quite a roll for a while with sending out email campaigns to my mailing list, creating new blogs, and working on website content. Then I had to stop. For a couple weeks I felt that if I sent any emails out, tried to produce any new blogs or continue working on website content that it would not be good quality.
My mind just wasn’t in the head-space that was required to develop good quality content.  Anything I create I have to think is fairly permanent, and so it has to be good. It does not make sense, pushing out loads of stuff if it doesn’t come out as my authentic self, sincere and sounds like I actually care. 

This is a lesson for everyone. Quality far outweighs Quantity. 
However, if a person’s mind set is in the right place, it is entirely possible to push out Quantity with Quality.

Think about your own lives. How have you fared with this? We all have different lives, careers, personal lives etc. Do you ever sacrifice quality for quantity? Do you know how to step back and assess what is going on and know that sometimes it is OK to just stop and take care of yourself?

I have re-developed my ability to tap into my deep gut intuition, and it told me to just stop all work on my business (back end work). For the past couple weeks I have just been working in my business training my clients, but not pushing myself to work on all the behind the scenes stuff so much. When my feelings are geared this way, I go to work, I workout, I go to all the classes I take because they are part of how I stay healthy and true to myself and sane. Healthy nutrition, quality sleep and doing things to pamper yourself are all important too. 

When I first make the decision to step back, I usually get really stressed out because I feel like, OMG, I will get behind, I won’t be able to grow my business fast enough, OMG OMG OMG….hahaha. Yeah you see, how the mind works? The mind is powerful…it can make or break you. And if you decide to keep on going when you shouldn’t, that is when you actually sacrifice quality work.
In the end, sacrificing quality work is a sacrifice in moving yourself forward in anything you do whether you own your own business, whether its a school project, or anything else important. If you give yourself the time to work through whatever it is you need to do to get yourself back to a healthy state of mind, you’ve already won. You are already further ahead than you would have been had you tried to pump out quantity at the expense of quality and your health.

So, this is how we will be starting June. I want everyone to think about their current mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Are they all at a 10 out of 10?? If not, what do you need to do to shift your scores to the right so they become a 10 out of 10? 
Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

There is MORE to the CORE

Photo by Corey Motta on Unsplash

If you are looking to get amazing abs, there are far more effective exercises to be doing than crunches. I could run a whole course on why this is so, and what you should be doing instead. But this is just a post to get you thinking and to realize that there is far more to the core than meets the eye. 

When I was looking for a picture to go with this post, it was difficult because I thought, most people will expect a picture of someone’s six pack, but that’s not all the core is. I could use a picture of someone doing a sport or an exercise, but that still doesn’t truly represent the core. Some people might think, well what does someone with a body that looks like that have to do with me, or, I will never do that sport or never be able to do that move, so why will I identify with that picture?

This is why I chose this Photo. These two men doing what they are doing has nothing to do with anything most of you will likely ever do, and yet it has everything to do with every part of the core that is involved plus much more in your bodies and so is very relevant for everyone. 

Get ready, I have a major news flash! haha!! Some of you may already know this. Our core is made up of many parts, and our entire trunk from about the glutes up to the shoulder girdle is ALL Core! The full front and back! If you train your body only in isolation, you will do your body a disservice. You could seriously injure yourself either with an acute injury or through repetition cause a chronic injury and/or serious postural issues. There is so much more to say, but its really something that needs more time spent to teach people about. 

I will return to this picture. Man #1 requires overall core stability and strength in order to support man #2 on his shoulders. He also needs flexibility and mobility. Not only that, but he needs full body stabilization through large muscle groups and small stabilizer muscles within the main core unit and the rest of the body (and you know man #2’s end goal is to totally stand up tall on top of man #1. Who knows…maybe he is even planning a crazy flip or something!). Man #2 needs everything man #1 has, plus the added requirement of balance. Another news flash….balance and stability are not one in the same, and you can’t have one without the other. These need to be trained differently.  Both man #1 and #2 need the ability to use different breathing techniques in conjunction with how they use their overall core unit in order to execute what they are doing or are about to do.

So everyone, if you don’t train your full core unit, and the entire body in an INTEGRATED way, no amount of isolation exercises is going to do you any favors. What good is a body if it can’t move well?! If you train for functionality for activities of daily living, or for a sport or activity you may do, the side effect is great looking abs and body (provided you support proper training with proper nutrition). 

You may be wondering now, how do I start to get myself working towards the right things?

Are you thinking, OH MAN….. I had no idea the body was that complicated, and now I think I have no idea what I am doing when I go to the gym, and no wonder I am not seeing any changes in my body!

 

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AIM HIGH – An Amazing Short FILM

Amazing Short Horror Film!

Where to start!!? First I am happy that I met Daniel McGuire a few years back through Muay Thai. But unbeknownst to me, I found out, he is also a horror movie buff. And not only does he enjoy horror movies, but it also turns out he writes and directs short films of this genre. Back when we met he told me all about this horror movie he was working on. I can’t actually remember if it was another movie or his current one AIM HIGH. I just know, that off and on, I would always ask him how the progress on his movie was going.

For those of you who don’t know me that well…. I LOVE HORROR MOVIES!!! At Halloween, I used to always watch all the Halloween specials, and horror movies…

Now, into my adulthood, all of October, I watch at least 1 horror movie per night. It is the way I celebrate Halloween every year now. I even go to Horror Movie Festivals!

I felt very honoured to be one of a smaller circle of people to get to view AIM HIGH in its final editing phase. And now, to have just seen a private screening tonight of it as a feature short film was so exciting!!

What can I say!!?? I thought this movie was amazing! What else can I say without giving to much away!???

I really enjoyed the suspense that was developed from beginning to end. I felt there was a lot of creativity not only with set, music, lighting etc., but also with use of the ongoing conversations going on in the minds of the characters involved. If you like dark humour like me, it was HILARIOUS at moments that were perfect! I also really like the actors that were chosen for this movie. Not only are they talented, but I love how expressive their faces are, especially Rebekka Gondosch and Michael Pearson. In particular their eyes!!

Daniel McGuire and the rest of the AIM HIGH team will be starting their festival run in June! They have submitted their short film into a variety of Film Festivals both locally, provincial, nationally, and internationally!

AIM HIGH has been officially selected to screen at this years Calgary Horror Con, Canada’s first and largest Convention dedicated to Horror!! Talk about exciting…I wonder if I can manage to find a way to go!!??

Congratulations Daniel, and congrats to all the rest of the AIM HIGH Team!

WHO ELSE HERE LOVES HORROR MOVIES AS MUCH AS ME?????? Please comment below! 🙂

Trust the wait!

I am sure at some point in your life and maybe even many times in your life you have been put into a position where all you can do is wait.

How you choose to spend that wait time is up to you.

My suggestion is, sure wait, but don’t put your life on hold for anything or anyone.

Spend time doing things that are meaningful to you. Reconnect with friends, try something new. Enjoy life!!!

Main thing is, try not to get stuck in a negative downward spiral feeling like life can’t continue until whatever or whoever you are waiting on is ready for the next move, next idea or next step, whatever that may be.

When things are “ready” they will happen

It’s like waiting for a pot to boil….lol. It will boil when the temperature is hot enough …..

Life wouldn’t be life without these moments. Embrace it, and enjoy what happens when you do

My experience with the Usana 5 day RESET

Yesterday I did a Facebook Live talking about my experience with the 5 day Reset through Usana. I am going to provide you with a You Tube Link so you can hear what I have to say. Just below the video, I talk a bit more about people’s testimonials and the difference between Food Grade and Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements. Please read on after.

What a difference 5 days can make!!

I forgot to mention in my video about the women who talked about their stories where they had dealt with serious health issues almost their whole lives, always wondering no matter what supplements they took (and they took everything you can imagine recommended), why nothing seemed to work.

Part of this is because a lot of supplements out there are Food Grade. There are Food Grade and Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements.

What is the difference?

Food Grade – there are no absorption requirements, contaminants may be present (no pre-inspection requirement) and dosage can vary. Somtimes you are only getting 20% of what you need out of a supplement in a whole bottle!

Pharmaceutical Grade – Absorption required within 45 min, ingredients are inspected prior to production, and you get the exact dosage (100%).

Many of these women, who were on their last rope with things, were willing to try anything else if it meant an improvement in the quality of their lives. Some were skeptical when introduced to the idea of Usana. They moved forward to try Usana supplements because nothing else had worked to help them turn their health around. It was their last resort. Their testimonials were very moving.

One of the big things about Usana products is that they are Pharmaceutical Grade quality. Which is likely a big reason changes were seen in these women. I am huge on anything going into my body being high quality.

If you or anyone else you know has any unresolved health issue, Usana may be the right answer for you. As I like to say, don’t knock it unless you try it. As well, health issues sometimes take a long time to develop, so you also need to be taking a supplement for a while to let the ongoing effects take hold. That being said, I did notice very quick effects on the 5 day RESET. But that product is meant to do that. If you would like to try a product or check something out for someone else I will provide my website below.

On a different note, I am also searching for positive open-minded people to help me educate more people on how Usana can help them to live a happier and healthier life. If you are interested in building a team with me to do this as well as wanting to improve your phyiscal/mental/emotional/ and financial health, visit my website.

https://thrivekellykinetics.usana.com