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Absolute Beginner Bellydance

Saturdays 3-4pm

Series: October 4-November 1st, 3-4pm (no class October 18)

$40 for 4 weeks $14 drop in

6 person minimum


This Beginner Series is designed for students new to bellydance or those seeking a bellydance refresher. Dancers with little to no dance experience are welcome. Each week students will move through a warm up, drills, technique and a combination designed to build a strong foundation of the dance. Bellydance is a fun and challenging workout, can help develop greater body awareness and core strength, and also offers students a chance to move creatively, while increasing confidence and connecting with other women in a supportive space.

MEET ALEXIS: “My lifelong passion for dance started at age four at my local dance studio, and has grown into something unexpected, yet without a doubt, perfectly suited to me. After years of studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance I had the opportunity to teach at my local studio, and from there, quickly realized my enthusiasm and draw towards sharing this art form with others. I continued to study in college, minoring in dance, studying aerial dance, and performing with the UNH Dance Company. It was this time that I also started my yoga practice, and has since completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and kids yoga training.

After relocating to Portland, I started training with Adriana Sarasvati in Egyptian bellydance, and joined her company, Sundari Dance Company. Following a knee injury and and a year of not dancing, this subtle and more gentle way of moving naturally resonated with me, and I was immediately hooked! Now a lead dancer in Sundari Dance Company, I assist with choreography and in training the new members, and perform regularly in the Portland area. I am dedicated to, and look forward to continuing my studies of bellydance, and other dance forms, and sharing this beautiful dance with others.”

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October 2, 2014
Sliding scale, $10, $15 or $20
The incredible Ana Forrest is coming to Portland for a series of workshops, and we have  added an additional event with the goal to raise funds for Living Yoga, a Portland non-profit outreach program teaching yoga as a tool for personal change in prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, transitional facilities, and to populations who would otherwise not have access to it.


We will be gathering at Shakti House for a drum circle with Ana and Greg Jamiel, to celebrate the power and beauty of Drumming! This event will be filmed and we will merge our video with videos sent in from around the world so you will eventually be able to see our global tribe singing and drumming together! Don’t miss this one of a kind event!!

With a sliding scale donation of $10-$15-$20 you can make a difference no matter what your budget is.

Pre-register through INNER ELEMENTS to save your spot!

Drums will be provided to you from Cedar Mountain Drums of Portland!







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Saturday Night Gong Bliss

October 4,  7:00-8:30pm

$15 pre-register, $20 at the door


with Liv Avtar and fellow Shakti House gong players!

This new recurring 1st Saturday event will bring in the healing energy of multiple gongs which will be positioned at different sides of the room giving a truly unique and powerful sound healing experience.  Gong Bliss events start with approximately 30 minutes of kundalini yoga movement and praanayama exercises followed by 45 minutes of gong.

Sound healing meditations are considered one of the most deeply healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Many class participants feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of them by the end of the meditation. Don’t miss this opportunity to de-stress and relax!

“This is the first and the last instrument for the human mind; the human mind has no power before it. This is the only thing that supersedes the human mind, because this is the basic creative sound. Mind was created out of it; it’s like the father and mother together.”
–Yogi Bhajan


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