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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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Stay on your Victory Path!

Whether you have goals in life – love, career, health, fitness, money, you name it, you need to stay focused.

There will be so many things that can come along that are there set as distractions. Be aware of this and try not to spend too much time entertaining these outside things. You know what you want, you know what you need to get there and obtain it, plough on through and just do it!

The light is at the end of the tunnel…. you can see it…. but it still seems so close yet so far away….sound familiar?

This is when your voice of self doubt will come in, negative thoughts will enter your head, and you’ll on your very own fall of course if you don’t take the necessary steps to stay on your victory path!

What do I do when I feel this start to happen? A big thing I do now is drop everything I am doing as long as I am not in a class myself or with a client, and put my earbuds in, go to youtube and find some great guided meditations. This always turns my head back on straight, and then I can carry on with my day as if none of those things even entered my head.

Important thing is unless you have hours to spare, once you find a guided meditation you feel will work for you, set your alarm!

It is very easy to become so relaxed and focused on the mindwork in the meditation that you fall asleep. Don’t worry if you fall asleep, the messages still reach your subconscious mind, which is where a lot of these mind blocks, self doubt, and negativity are housed.

I will share a few of the one’s I use on a regular basis. I suggest lying down for the fullest relaxation experience, but it can be done seated and close your eyes. Follow what the voice says.

I hope these help you as much as they have helped me. I welcome your feedback!

Have a great day! 🙂

Even Coaches need Coaches

Its been a while since I wrote a blog. A lot has been happening. I have not felt like writing much of anything until now.

One thing we as Trainers/Coaches and anyone else in a career that helps people need to realize, is that we are not always ok. In order to be the positive influencers for our own clients, we need to be in a positive space, physically, mentally and spiritually. If even one of these areas is off, it can change your thinking, all your interactions and even affect how your business runs .

How in touch with who you are as a person will determine whether you realize if you need help or not. Even if you realize you need help, figuring out what type of help you need for that moment in time is crucial. You may need a coach to help you get in touch with your inner self again before you can even move on.

It’s interesting, because I went through some positive self development last year, and totally thought I was off to the races, until similar patterns crept up this year. I realized I needed to nip this in the bud! Everything was off, I only had a handle on my body physically. I opened myself up to a new circle of people which lead me to my current Self-Actualization/Business Development Coach (Rev Lady Jan).

Most of us know a lot of what a coach like this will talk to us about. But sometimes, it’s so hard to practice what you know. This is why you need to hire that coach. Someone who can keep you accountable, someone who can even explain to you what you may already know, but differently. All of a sudden you see everything in a different light and that’s what sparks the ignition to go!

You may realize, after a lot of blaming everything and everyone else that all the seemingly negative things that are happening, are a result of your own mindset, words you speak and therefore seeds you’ve planted. Do you really want to keep watering those seeds that are just becoming weeds that are clouding your focus??? This might seem like the only thing you can do, because you’ve been living your own manifestation for who knows how long. But guess what!? Its a vicious vicious cycle that if you don’t just decide to stop and make a complete 360 in your mind, you will continue to live the negative manifestation of your life.

You may have heard before, that the mind is a powerful thing. Well this is no joke!

I will admit, I dug myself into a financial hole that was bigger than I could have ever imagined. I spoke words like, “I can’t afford it, I have no money, once I pay my debt off, I wish i could do _____, but I have no money”. I had different variations of all of that, and the more I spoke these words to people, the more they got ingrained in my mind, the more my mind would think about these things, I would imagine the worst, the worst would start happening, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, even worse would happen….and sometimes the unimaginable to the point where I was just like, ENOUGH! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! THIS IS NOT ME, and THIS IS NOT MY LIFE.

Its even giving me a headache right now having shared that, but I felt it was important to share to illustrate how severely our own minds can create our self-sabotage.

I started changing my mindset and spoken words and thoughts immediately. Next thing I know I have money to pay for my coach for a 3 month program, and money to pay for a psychotherapist 2-3 times a month. As I am going through new learning on a deeper level than my current knowledge its very easy to have set backs, but I see the set backs coming, I embrace them, acknowledge them, and conquer!

Over the last few months, the universe has brought the right people into my life, and the right set of events are starting to happen, leading to what my true goals for life are.

I am very mindful now of the sentences and words that I speak out loud and in my head. And if at any moment I feel the wrong ones trying to creep back in, which is usually on my off hours not seeing clients, I stop everything and lie down for a guided meditation geared to exactly the thing that is trying to creep in. By the end of it, all has changed and I am back on the right track.

My Life has changed. I live a life full of abundance. I am servicing my perfect niche for clients and I have so much more than I can even have imagined. I am magnificent, and I am a Queen!

If you work with a trainer, coach or therapist who tells you they hired someone, be thankful. The person you go to is working on becoming a better version of themselves which in turn will provide you with an even better service and a better overall outcome for your life and your goals.

I am more than happy to provide contact information for any coaches I have used in the past or am currently working with.

I invite anyone to share their experiences with positive versus negative minds set and what it has manifested in your life.

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

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? 
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