How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Belly Dancer Exercise - dummies

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Belly Dancer Exercise

By Sherri Baptiste, Megan Scott

Although belly dancing doesn’t sound relaxing, the Belly Dancer gives you an opportunity to loosen up and have some fun. This yoga-with-weights exercise strengthens your pelvic girdle as it loosens and removes the tension from your spine. This relaxing and soothing exercise sets you up for a belly full of laughter.

You need one ankle weight and both hand weights for this exercise. When you’re ready, follow these steps:

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet on the floor, the ankle weight placed on your belly, and your arms at your sides, holding the hand weights palms-down.

    This is the starting position. The added weight on your belly brings your attention to this area of your body.

  2. Lift your buttocks 4 to 6 inches from the floor as you tilt your tailbone toward your navel.

    Sculpt your belly in and up.

  3. Gently sway your hips like a pendulum from side to side.

    Feel your spine lengthening and stretching as you make this soothing, rocking motion. Don’t lift your hips any higher than you already have.

  4. Continue swaying your hips until you release the tension from your body.

For fun at the end of the exercise, do a few figure-eight patterns in each direction, and then shimmy and wiggle for ten seconds to a minute. Enjoy the natural dance and rhythm of your movement!