You might be visiting Buenos Aires for a week, committing to a internship for a number of months, or moving to live in the capital permanently. No matter how long you intend to stay in Buenos Aires for, set aside just 60 minutes of your time to take a class in Yoga Booty Ballet.
You don’t need to have previous experience in ballet or yoga to enjoy this class and you don’t need to be a fan of physical activity. If you find the gym a bore, if running is just too much of an effort and aerobics classes are full of people who are just far too serious about losing weight and toning-up, then Yoga Booty Ballet might just be what you’re looking for.
Dafne Schilling, dancer, actress and founder of Yoga Booty Ballet in Argentina, fell in love with the technique when on tour with one of her films in Los Angeles. What she loved most about the technique was “the sensation I was left with of feeling good at the end of the class and this is what I focus on transmitting most when giving my classes here in Buenos Aires.”
What is Yoga Booty Ballet?
Yoga Booty Ballet combines the teachings of both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, with meditation and dance. The class is split into four clear sections:
1. Meditation: three types of respiration used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
2. Dance: cardiovascular training, which includes exercises influenced by ballettraining in order to work specific muscles, but which focuses entirely on letting go and having lots of fun.
3. Yoga: the practice of asanas or Hatha Yoga positions (the most ancient and classic form of Yoga) in order to tone, stretch, strengthen and find balance within thebody.
4. Relaxation: the moment in which all the positive energy generated during the class is centralized and consciously experienced… it’s the moment when you can allow your body to recuperate and when you are encouraged to feel satisfied with yourself for taking 60 minutes out of your day to devote to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Yoga Booty Ballet… reaching for the stars
Dafne’s classes have made such an impact that the Yoga Booty Ballet technique was recently featured in the “Buena Vida” (Good Living) section of Clarín, one of the largest national newspapers in Argentina…. so… a big deal! If your Spanish is up for it, read what Clarín has to say about Yoga Booty Ballet for yourself.
Dafne has also produced a number of Yoga Booty Ballet dance shirts for students to buy. A Yoga Booty Ballet t-shirt would certainly be a different kind of Buenos Airessouvenir for you to take home with you and share with family and friends. For regular students, the t-shirts is a really nice touch too. There’s a real sense of “team” and “group” during each session, which is one of the main reasons why I love the classes so much.
First-hand feedback from a big Yoga Booty Ballet fan
For over a year, I had been meaning to take a Yoga Booty Ballet class and, as is the case for most people living in a big city, I just never seemed to find the time, the energy or a real desire to go and experience what was on offer. Two months ago I finally took my first class and I can safely say that I am HOOKED!
I love all four sections of the class. It’s exactly what I need. Demanding physical activity, combined with the opportunity to improve posture and flexibility. In the second section of the class, I always find myself smiling – beaming even! – because it feels so good to just move my body to the music (sometimes live, sometimes recorded). Dafne’s energy and love for dance is contagious. When she smiles, you have to smile with her. It’s liberating.
I also love the final section. As we work on relaxing I find that I let go of everything, even the tensions that I have in my eyes. It’s amazing when you recognize that you have been tensing your eyes without knowing it and that it’s possible to let everything go. I get home after each class with more energy, more excitement for the week ahead and with a happier heart. That, for me, is what dance (or physical activity of any kind) is all about and that’s why Yoga Booty Ballet wins every time when compared to other yoga classes, other ballet classes, other aerobics sessions or memberships at the boring gym!
Don’t just take my word for it, though. There are plenty of other Yoga Booty Balletfans out there to back me up. This short YouTube video about Yoga Booty Ballet (in Spanish) features the thoughts of four regular students, plus a short appraisal of the class and its methodology from Dafne Schilling herself. Even if your Spanish is weak, the images help to explain the style of the class, the kind of movement activity you will experience and the positive energy felt by everone involved.
How can I get involved?
At present, classes take place four times a week. You can pay for a one off class or save a little on cost by committing to one, two, three or four classes per week. The more you dance, the less you pay for each class… a great incentive for being as active as possible!
Classes are held in two locations and are as follows:
PALERMO: Ruggeri 2736 (in front of El Parque Las Heras)
Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm
Fridays at 7.30pm
LAS CAÑITAS: Gorostiaga 1776 (the dance space is on the first floor inside the Natural Deli coffee shop)
Saturdays at 11.30am
You can also become a Yoga Booty Ballet Fan on Facebook. This will help you to stay up-to-date with all information and give you the opportunity to invite friends to trythe class out with you. Dafne is super-attentive to her Facebook fans, so send her a message (in Spanish or English) and she’ll be quick to respond. She also publishes daily inspirational images to remind us all about how physical activity is the key to physical, mental, spiritual and emotional happiness.
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