**DANCE**

I am back in the studio starting Monday, August 7!!!

Mindful Bellydance with Chakra focus
Join me at Dance Garden Mondays 8pm as we journey through the body moving mindfully. This is a great class for anyone wishing to belly dance from a deeper place within. In addition to drills and combinations, expect a bit of yoga and discussion about chakras, energy and healing. Focus will be on the connection of physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in relation to the dance. Truthful, intentional dance connects you with yourself and the oneness of all life, which deepens the experience and makes it a special offering. Together we raise the planetary consciousness!
There is no dress code, just be comfy. All levels welcome.
Class runs through November, drop ins welcome.
Dance Garden class prices & cards all apply. No Groupon please.
There will be a performance option/opportunity in December with two additional classes.

August ~ Free the Pelvis
We will work on pelvic specific movements within bellydance, as well as pelvic floor, low back and leg specific yoga asanas. The root and sacral chakras rule this work. If inspired wear your reds, golds and oranges! Music theme for August will be *JAMAICA*

September ~ Torso Tribute
We will focus on the torso and all that it holds. Movements and asanas for the shoulders, back, ribs, hips and organs. As the solar plexus and heart chakras awaken, you may be inspired to rock more yellows, greens and pinks.

October ~ Head, Hands & Feet ~ roads to the heart.

Nov/Dec ~ Put it all together. Performance recital prep

Follow DanceGardenLA &/or Heather Shoopman on FB for weekly
updates on what we’re working on and music themes.

More info? Email dancewithshoop@gmail.com

www.dancegardenla.com in Atwater Village, Los Angeles

**YOGA**

stay tuned…..and see ShoopTV on Youtube for short, informative videos.

Prenatal Bellydance  ~ private classes available

Pre and Post Natal Bellydance
Awaken your inner goddess and learn the language connected to the feminine consciousness!!
Prenatal bellydance is an excellent preparation for the delivery room and beyond.
In addition to creating a stronger connection with your baby, it will tone and strengthen all of the muscle groups needed for childbirth.  You will gain body awareness thereby helping you develop trust for your body. You will learn specific movements for calming the baby or to help them change positions during pregnancy, as well as moves to help support, stimulate and expel during birth.
Bellydance also reduces pressure and tension in the body, so you can have a less painful birthing experience and an easier recovery.
Continuing a post delivery dance practice will help with the adjustments your body and mind are making.  Beyond the physical advantages, bellydance also offers a terrific mental boost. It clears the mind, enhances your mood, energy level and self-image.
In class we will do light stretching, learn dance moves and their specific benefits,
discuss self massage and end with a grounding, loving meditation.
Pregnancy is the perfect time to explore bellydance, an ancient birth ritual created by women for women.
**As with any exercise program, you should always consult with your health care professional before beginning. Even if you are physically limited, you may be able to perform some moves lying down in practice and birth.

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