Yoga Booty Ballet promises more than just an exercise class; through a blend of meditation, dynamic dance, and yoga, it claims to lift the spirit as well as providing a great workout. Dafne was working as an actress in Los Angeles when she discovered the US craze, fell in love with it, and decided to bring it back to Buenos Aires. She now offers Yoga Booty Ballet four times a week for an enthusiastic clientele.
I went along to Dafne’s Wednesday class not really knowing what to expect; for me, the name left much to the imagination. However, although I went into the class a little apprehensive and tired after a day at work, I came out relaxed, energised, and smiling.
The class started with a guided meditation session where we practised three different types of breathing, taken from Kundakini Yoga. The aim of this exercise was to help us relax and gave us a chance to reflect on how we were feeling. We were asked to think about our personal aims for the meditation session – something we felt we would like to feel, let go of, or achieve. “A positive message sent from us to the universe,” as Dafne put it. Already, I was feeling far more relaxed than when I arrived.
We then moved on to the second and longest part of the class, a 40-minute dynamic dance workout to popular club music, where we were encouraged to let loose, have fun, and shake off the stress of the day. Dafne’s choreography combined dance styles such as hip hop, latino, and belly dancing, and we were soon building up a sweat. Everyone threw themselves into the dancing, spurred on by Dafne’s light-hearted attitude and contagious good humour, and soon we were smiling, flicking our hair, and cheering along with her.
A 10-minute ballet stretch session served nicely as the transition from the dance to the yoga section, with exercises designed to improve our balance, flexibility, and posture.
Finally, we settled down to a session of hatha yoga. Dafne dimmed the lights and took us through the sun salute and various other yoga positions, checking that we were breathing properly to get the most from our practice. This part of the class helps to strengthen muscles and provided a further opportunity to stretch and cool down.
The class finished with a five minute period of relaxation to clear our minds, providing us with a moment to appreciate the work that we had done in class.
Yoga Booty Ballet really is a complete workout, and leaves you feeling refreshed mentally and physically. “The combination of meditation, dance and yoga gives you the freedom to express yourself, to laugh and to dream,” says Dafne. “There is a magical atmosphere in class. It’s like a therapy session. When I teach I lose all sense of time and space, it’s as if I’m in a parallel universe dancing, laughing and passing on the energy which I feel to my students.”
If you want to try Yoga Booty Ballet, there are classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8.30pm and on Fridays from 7.30-8.30pm at Ruggeri 2736, and also on Saturdays from 11.30-12.30am at Natural Deli, Gorostiaga 1776, on the first floor. A trial class costs $60.
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