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Belly Dancing Pina Coluccia

Belly Dancing By Pina Coluccia

Belly Dancing by Pina Coluccia

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A comprehensive guide to the art of belly dancing.

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Belly Dancing: The Sensual Art of Energy and Spirit by Pina Coluccia

Belly dance is pure sensuousness and has enchanted humans since ancient times. Yet beyond its erotic aspects, belly dancing offers many physical and emotional benefits. On the physical level it helps with muscle stiffness, autonomic nervous system disturbances, mobility of the abdominal region, and strengthening the back, which in turn enhances the body's overall posture. Belly dancing also relieves menstrual problems and has been shown to be extremely useful during pregnancy and childbirth. On the emotional side belly dancing increases the libido and has enabled women to overcome self-esteem issues and regain healthy feelings of sensuality and sexuality.Belly Dancingcovers all aspects of this ancient art, beginning with its origins and mythical connections to the moon goddess. The authors provide practical instructions and easy-to-follow photographs for the most important dance movements as well as guidance in costuming and related accoutrements. Additional information on foot reflexology and Indian chakras aid the further understanding of the art. The book also contains recipes for Middle Eastern perfumes, cosmetic creams, and food as well as suggestions for musical accompaniment.

Belly Dancing Reviews

"This introduction to belly dancing places a welcome emphasis on the spiritual roots of the form." * Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005 *
"This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of this ancient art, beginning with its origins, mythology and history of the Middle Eastern dance, and including its physical and mental health benefits. The authors provide practical instructions and easy-to-follow photographs of the most important dance movements, as well as guidance around costuming and related accoutrements." * Axnet News, June / July 2005 *
"Beginners will welcome this clear examination of belly-dance routines and meaning." * The Midwest Book Review *
"Dispelling the myths around this ancient art form, the authors trace the history of dance, explain its culture and health benefits, and introduce the basic movements, all in striking full color." * Spirit of Change, July/August 2005 *
"I love the idea of Belly Dancing because it is one of the only forms of dance that is made for real women. Skinny little stick women look funny doing this dance but regular sized women suddenly look graceful, elegant, and confidently sexy. It's a great whole body exercise and it's fun too." * Tami Brady, TCM Reviews *
"The combination of simple language, clear design, and glossy, colorful photos of contemporary dancers and ancient art makes Belly Dancing an appealing read--perfect for a rainy weekend with a little classic Turkish music playing softly on your stereo." * Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Book 'em, May 12, 2005 *
"Belly Dancing is something of a mini-feast for the senses. Overall, it is an excellent portrait of a sensual art form that is culturally rich, inclusive, and empowering." * Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005 *

About Pina Coluccia

Pina Coluccia worked as a nurse for seven years before opening a belly dance school for all ages. She gives weekly seminars on belly dancing at German universities. Anette Paffrath is a belly dancer and psychotherapist who has researched the beneficial effects of belly dancing on psychological blockages, fears, and menstrual discomforts. Jean Putz is a well-known author and television personality in Germany. He was an engineer, math and physics teacher, and political economist for 30 years before entering the world of journalism and communications.

Table of Contents

Belly Dancing
The Sensual Art of Energy and Spirit

Belly Dance: Connecting to the Earth
Flowing Energy in a Grounded Body
The Origins of Belly Dancing
The Goddess as Dancer: Ishtar, Artemis, Aphrodite
The Goddess and Sexuality
Belly Dance as the Dance of Birth
Harems and the Belly Dance
Prejudices against Belly Dancing
Understanding the Myth

Belly Dance as Self-Experience and Self-Expression
The Interactions between Body and Soul
Hara: The Source of Strength below the Navel
Belly Dance and the Natural Rhythms in a Woman's Life
The Sensual, Creative, and Erotic Aspects of Belly Dancing

Physical Benefits of Belly Dancing
The Basic Stance: Grounded, Relaxed, Full of Breath
Strength and Grace: The Pelvic Floor
Preparing to Dance: Warm-up Exercises

Now We Dance
First Steps
Moving the Hips
Moving the Chest
The Language of the Hands
The Arms as Graceful Companions
Enticing Head Movements
Fundamental Dance Steps
Dance Combinations
Rhythms for Belly Dance
Clothing That Enhances the Dance
Belly Dance: An Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Exercise

A Middle Eastern Feast for the Body
Diving into Exotic Scents
Preparing Delicious Food:
A Middle Eastern Buffet


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Belly Dancing: The Sensual Art of Energy and Spirit by Pina Coluccia
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