Do It Yourself Yoga Workshop May 18th

Do you want to practice yoga at home but maybe don't know how to get started?  Sick of doing the same DVDs all the time? Need some inspiration?


Do It Yourself Yoga Workshop

Saturday, May 18th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Awaken Wellness, Columbia, MD

$30 advanced registration  Register Online

$35 at the door

Doing yoga on your own can enhance your well being and advance your progress in your regular classes. Learn how to make time and space and use your inspiration to create a meaningful at-home practice. This workshop is designed to help students successfully create and maintain a home practice that will address their individual goals and become a meaningful part of their life. There will be lots of tips about structuring a home practice, how to stay dedicated in spite of distractions and busy-ness, and an introduction to free-form yoga practice.


On Practice

Things have been quiet here on the OmChantress blog because I've mostly been keeping my head down and focusing on my own work.  Last weekend I was in Ocean City at Art of the Belly.  I performed with Transcendence Tribal and Verve Tribal (video coming soon).  While I was there I took some belly dance workshops with Jill Parker and for the first time in a long while I was able to see some clear benefits to my regular practice.

As part of my preparation for the next phase of 8 Elements dance intensive with Rachel Brice, I have been tirelessly drilling fundamental hipwork.  A basic standing shimmy, hips on the up and on the down, 3/4 shimmy on the up and the down, plus at least additional one isolation with a simple foot pattern.  Now if you're not a belly dancer, that probably means nothing to you, but the point is, it's the very basics.  Simple. Easy. It takes fifteen minutes. Every day.  I had gotten to the point recently where I was starting to wonder: is this doing anything for me?  But I kept at it because I trust my teacher to tell me what's good for me.  When I was at the workshops this weekend, I had to speed up my hipwork, add variations, and learn more complex combinations and I was able to learn way faster than I ever had before.  It was remarkable!  I have always felt like a "slow learner" when it comes to new movements, but I was totally on it this weekend!  What a great feeling.  I have finally gotten to a point where I have a vocabulary of fundamental movements so engrained in my body and brain that they come automatically.  I don't have to think about that stuff, and so when I'm learning something new, I can just focus on what's new and build on the foundation I've already established through practice.

Many people, even at the beginning, get hung up on "advancing" to the next thing, and I'm certainly guilty of this myself in many, many ways.  I'm sharing this experience with you so that you have an example of why the fundamentals are important, not just in dance, but in yoga too.  I'm not trying to hold anyone back from advancing, whatever that might mean, to you. I'm just suggesting that you also keep up your practice of the basics.  If you continue to revisit basic movement patterns, even for only fifteen minutes at a time, you will be able to engrain healthy, effective habits that will build the foundation of a more advanced practice.  If this seems boring to you, give what you are doing even more attention.  Get super interested in the details of what you are experiencing.  Where are you feeling the work? How is your breathing? Your energy level? Does it feel any different than yesterday?  If you can stay curious about your practice, it will never get boring.  Same with meditation.  The more you do it, it will come with greater ease, even if on a day-to-day basis it may feel like you're not making any progress.  You are.  Stick with it.

Kallisti at Moonlight Tribal Lounge, February 9th


A new monthly event that showcases fusion and experimental styles of belly dance as well as American Tribal style.

Saturday, February 9th

Doors open at 8pm

$10, plus American cuisine from the menu

Loafers Bar and Grill

6518 Baltimore National Pike 

Catonsville, MD 21228

This month features:
Kallisti Tribal
and Alyssum Pohl

The show will be from 9pm-11pm but the restaurant remains open until 2am so come party with us and experience live performances from some of the area's finest.

RSVP at the Facebook Event

Flissy at DC Tribal Cafe January 27th

I'm pleased (and admittedly, a bit terrified) to share that I'm performing a solo set at DC Tribal Cafe on Sunday, January 27th!  This monthly event is the best place to see Tribal and Fusion bellydance in the DC area.  I promise you will have fun.  This show also features Hot Ink and Mavi!


DC Tribal Cafe

Saturday, January 27th

Doors 5pm, Show 6pm


The Reef

2446 18th St. NW, Washington, DC

Platypus Water Bottle


I just got back from traveling over the holidays and wanted to share a new travel goodie with you.  It's a Platypus collapsible water bottle.  I have the .5L/17oz. size., and as you can see, when it's full of water, it is (roughly) the shape of a normal water bottle.  When it's empty, it's completely flat and can be folded or rolled up on itself to stash in a pocket or a handbag.

One thing I was afraid of is that it would be easy to squeeze the bottle too hard and spill water all over the place.  That doesn't happen because, apparently, the plastic is some magically perfect balance of rugged and supple. It will hold it's shape when you're drinking out of it, yet it will squish around to fit whatever space is available in your bag.  It hasn't leaked a drop, and will stand up like a normal bottle even if it's only partially filled with water.

I'm used to carrying a larger (27 ounce) bottle as my everyday water bottle, so it does seem a bit on the small side.  Still, 17 ounces is plenty to get you from one water fountain to the next if you're just running around town or in and out of airports.  Water is actually pretty heavy to carry, so if you're really trying to cut down on how much you're dragging around, it's worth the extra refill stops.  Overall, it's a good size for traveling, and a real bargain at only $8!