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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We will be pleased to answer any questions you have but below are some of the frequently asked questions which have cropped up in the past.
Q. Can I get to Duntrune House by train?
A. The nearest station is Dundee (5 miles); a taxi costs about £10 or we can pick you up.
Q. Can I get to Duntrune House by bus?
A. We can pick you up from Dundee bus station or you can get a taxi. The bus service is infrequent.
Q. What is yoga?
A. Yoga is a form of physical and mental practices that originated in India thousands of years ago. It is very effective in getting the body into a fit and healthy condition. Yoga involves a number of practices – some of which are physical, some are breathing and some for meditation. In combination, these exercises engage each and every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and organ as well as the mind to aid you towards physical and mental health.
Q. Do I need to be fit?
A. No. Yoga is for everyone and no prior level of fitness, flexibility or strength is required to benefit from yoga. If you have prior health concerns these can usually be accommodated; but we will send you a form in advance so that we can ascertain what we need to know.
Q. Is it best if I have done yoga before?
A. No. The class can be given at complete beginner level.
Q. Can I have individual tuition if I am at an advanced stage?
A. Yes. However, it would be best to discuss your aims for this in advance of the retreat to get the best from your sessions. You can email Delia on yoga@the realretreat.co.uk if you wish to discuss this.
Q. What do I need to wear?
A. Loose comfortable clothing with no zips or belts.
Q. Do I need to bring a floor mat .
A. No, everything you need is on site.
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Q. What is belly dance?
A. Celebrated as the oldest dance, it is an ancient, therapeutic art form steeped in history and rich in culture. It isolates different parts of the body and is characterised by smooth, flowing movements and wobblier earthy type moves.
Q. Why should I study belly dancing?
A. You will discover your body and stretch its capabilities. It is a fun and colourful way to keep fit.
Q. What are the benefits?
A. The benefits are physical and mental. Cardiovascular workouts engage and strengthen the core muscles, increase flexibility, teach excellent posture, tone and sculpt the body; self-expression builds self-esteem, boosts confidence and positive body image.
Q. Is belly dancing difficult?
A. Some movements will be easy; others will feel alien to you. Many people find it difficult to isolate movements in parts of the body and some struggle to ‘let go’ and lose their inhibitions. It becomes easier as you practise.
Q. What should I wear to class?
A. Wear something comfortable that allows you to move freely such as yoga pants, leggings or stretchy trousers. It is helpful to bring a scarf to wrap around your hips. Dance barefoot, if the surface and temperature allows it, if not, socks or a soft ballet-type shoe.
Q. Do I have to show my belly?
A. No. Even when performing, many professional dancers in the Middle East keep their stomachs covered. Since the 1950s, it has been illegal in Egypt for Raqs Sharqi dancers to perform publicly with their midriff uncovered or to display excessive skin.
Q. Do I need experience, be fit or be a certain age or body type to belly dance?
A. No previous experience is necessary; belly dancing is for everyone, regardless of age, shape or size. It is suited to the female form and does not force the body into unnatural positions; it is low impact and easy on the joints. It is always advisable to check with your doctor if you are unsure.
Q. Can I belly dance while pregnant?
A. Yes! Provided you have no complications, belly dance is an excellent activity for toning the muscles used in childbirth both pre and post natal. Please consult your doctor or midwife before commencing.
Q. Is belly dancing “for men's entertainment” or like stripping?
A. Hollywood's image of a scantily clad woman dancing in a smoky cafe, filled with leering men, is a grave misconception. Belly dance is performed at a variety of settings for audiences of all ages and gender. A dancer who removes her clothes is a stripper, not a belly dancer. Belly dance is a true cultural and family form of entertainment.
Q. Do men belly dance?
A. Yes! In the Middle East, men dance as much as the women do, normally separately. Nowadays, male belly dancers perform around the world. It is a folk dance, a dance for everyone.
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