Posted on July 7, 2015
Summer Schedule and Upcoming Zaar
Om Laila's July Classes are up and running! This is the last term before September, as we are taking a holiday in August, for rejuvenation and studio programming. Plus, we need to give our lovely and hard working students a break to recharge their energies! Here is the current class schedule. You can take a class anytime. Just write to email@example.com to let Roula know you will be dropping by! One event for students that is less than 2 weeks away is the Zaar. We held one back in April and the demand was there to host another. Do you know what a zaar is? Well, A zaar is a ritual from Africa and parts of the Middle East for women to shake and dance out the stresses of life, and to rejuvenate and reinvigorate through a combination of guided and free movement, to the sound of live drumming. This is a very unique experience and a respectful reimagining of such a ritual for women here in Toronto in 2015. Everyone should try it at least once!
Visit the shop to register your spot! One more thing for you. If you want to see Roula performing this month be sure to check out Mediterraneo on Saturday July 25. Experience the feast of French, Hispanic, Ladino, Arabic, Italian and Armenian dance, spoken words and images, featuring a live World Ensemble, Soloists, Singers and Dancers. This shouldn't be missed! Buy a Ticket Toronto is beautiful in the summer so enjoy this fun and bright season and we hope to see you in the (air conditioned!) studio soon!
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Roula Said’s Seven waves is a moving experience. It is moving through space in a delicious way; moving energy through the entire body; spiritually moving , moving body and mind in a relaxed harmony which creates a grace of movement and a feeling of grace. One is moved by music that is beautiful, joyful and sometimes almost trance-inducing. It includes the smallest and subtlest of movements that bring remarkable comfort and release. It is moving to strength. The seven waves strengthen core muscles. My back problems have diminished. Without my even noticing, my abs are stronger than any time in my entire life. Wow. It’s an extra.
For me the Seven waves is also about moving forward into the future. In my 60’s, when I might expect to be shutting down and accepting the limitations of my aging body, accustoming myself to all the minor aches and pains, I am delighted instead to find myself opening up and finding that my body and I are happier together than we have ever been.
In her classes Roula speaks of allowing, inviting, opening, listening. Her approach is gentle – one never fears injury or strain. It is the polar opposite of boot camp. She has an uncanny intelligence about the body and a very sensitive intuition. Often when she initiates a subtle change to movement, it is exactly what my body wants, and I wonder: how did she know that?
Oh, and it’s not all airy-fairy cosmic either. Earthy is a better description and with Roula, laughter is always part of the process. A seven waves session feels like a total body massage and produces feelings of joy and contentment. Really. It is that good. I love it.
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