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Dancing Chipmunks

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Events, Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Chipmunks

Dancing Chipmunks

“I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times.” – Cate Laurier I started my dance “career” as a dancing chipmunk in an elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That was because I didn’t get selected for the chorus, which is what I’d really craved. After recovering from the disappointment, I found myself backstage in a precocious moment of Zen clarity. I chose to dive in fully.“Well gosh darn, I’ll be the best dancing chipmunk I can possibly be”. I danced my heart out. It was exhilarating. What I learned in my 15 seconds of fame is the power of presence. It’s a lesson I find myself needing to return to time and time again. Dance is one of the places I feel most at home. Dance is a way to be with myself. It’s a powerful path to connect and transform. Putting on a high energy song can instantly change my mood. Sometimes astonishingly. But not always. Dance is also where I meet some of my “gnarly knots”. I can’t always look to dance as an escape or instant energy boost or way to transcend troubles. It’s not always about flying high. Sometimes, vexingly, it’s a place to meet myself in all my messiness. And it can feel very tempting to run away from that! I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times. I don’t always take it. I love exhilaration as much as anyone. But sometimes I need to dive deep into the turbulent river or stagnant waters. Trust the power of transformation. The invitation to being present in dance is a funny paradox. Dance with where I’m at, no matter where I’m at. AND trust the power of transformation. But don’t DEMAND it. I need to hear my own soul words inside and really take them to heart: “Come, come, whoever you are, however you are, bring your joy, bring your struggle, bring your power, bring your tenderness, bring your weariness, bring your energy, bring your playfulness, bring your tears. All are welcome here.” By: Cate Laurier (Cate Laurier is a member of the Source Centre community and loves to dance and explore inner landscapes. She facilitated the June Monthly Groove dance party.)...

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January Fitness Challenge: Zumba!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Events, Health | Comments Off on January Fitness Challenge: Zumba!

January Fitness Challenge:  Zumba!

[Image: photostock/freedigitalimages.net] With the start of a new year, it is a great time for some health and wellness resolutions!  Our team at Source Centre has decided to do a monthly fitness challenge where we choose a specific workout and try to incorporate that activity into our schedules as many times as we can.  For our January challenge, we are going to start with Zumba fitness. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, exhilarating, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party™. It blends vibrant international music with catchy steps to form a ‘fitness-party’ that’s moving millions of people towards joy and health.  Zumba began in 2001, and has since grown to become the world’s largest dance-fitness program with people of all shapes, sizes and ages participating. Zumba has its origins in Colombia, where a fitness instructor named Alberto Perez was in a rush to teach an aerobics class and forgot his usual music. Instead, he improvised by using his own mix of music that he had in his backpack (salsa and merengue). Spontaneously he created a new kind of dance-fitness, one that focused on letting the music move you (instead of counting reps over the music). An electrifying energy filled the room and people couldn’t stop smiling. His class loved it! On that day, a new fitness concept was born, the Zumba® fitness-party. Zumba is taught in gyms and studios all over the world to numerous fitness enthusiasts. It recently even became offered in the video gaming platform! As the Zumba program continues to evolve, its growth has deepened in the commitment to providing accessible fitness to all, with the pure joy of a party. The Zumba goal is to spread the philosophy of health and happiness and of loving everything you do, especially your workout.  We here at Source Centre want to share that philosophy too! To find a Zumba class near you, check the following website for locations:  http://www.zumba.com/en-US/parties/search/ We will be planning a day to do a Zumba class together, so come join us!  We will keep you...

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