Body Awareness & Pilates
Classes IN LONDON
The Body Awareness, Posture & Pilates Method is a body discipline which will train your inner and postural muscles through precise exercises, in coordination with your breathing, relax and concentration.
It helps to improve your posture, movement efficiency and amplitude.
The main goal Zahida has in her classes is to correct your posture, increase your body awareness, and stop and change your postural bad habits. Sounds like a great deal, doesn't it?
Thereby, you will improve your movements and postural habits for the rest of your life.
Give it a try with the free taster class.
CURRENT TERM DATES
THURSDAYS - 12 weeks:
Thursdays (Camden. 8pm):
JAN: 10/1, 17/1, 24/1, 31/1 FEB: 7/2, 14/2, 21/2, 28/2 MAR: 7/3, 14/3, 21/3, 28/3
Zahida also teaches Belly Dance in London. If you are interested, click here.
The Academy Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews,
Camden NW1 0AD. London.
4 CLASSES PACK
For those who really want to come but need a bit of flexibility
FULL TERM THURSDAYS
- 12 classes -
Commit with your health.
Busy as a bee? Last minute decision?
Simply pay as you go!
NOTE: When you pay for a class you agree with the Terms & Conditions.
We work under a no refund policy. Please make sure you can come to class before purchasing.
Full term and 4 classes packs must be used within the current term.
REDUCE YOUR STRESS, INCREASE FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTHEN YOUR INNER MUSCLES
- Increases flexibility and mobility.
- Reduces pain and injury possibilities, such as slipped discs, back pain, hernias, sprained ankles, muscular cramps, etc...
- Increases your technique in any other field: yoga, dance, cycling, running, walking.
- Strengthen inner muscles without hypertrophy (without making them so much bigger).
- Get a balanced and proportioned musculature.
- Body awareness strengthens, making movement more efficient, and giving you more expression chances through your body.
- Improvement of posture, relieving pain or even eliminating some pain related to bad postural habits.
- Positive effect on your self-control and self-esteem.
- Improve your relationship with yourself and with other people, through consciousness and breath.
- Stress reduction. You will sleep better and will increase your concentration ability.
Benefits come very quick
From the very first class you will feel your muscles work, but you will need a constant and dedicated practice in order to take advantage of all the benefits that this method can bring to your live.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CLASS?
You will be in a very good environment, and be aimed to be yourself, know your limits and beat them.
No group is the same as any other group. Every day is different and every class is unique. However, Zahida's lessons usually include:
- Exercises that include the whole body, coordinated with breath, from a body awareness point of view. Muscular toning and stretching.
- Low pressure abdominal exercises.
- Special orientation to: postural correction and efficiency, precision, strength and amplitude in your everyday movements.
- Personal corrections, suggestions and advise.
- These classes, apart from being a complete training by themselves, are the perfect complement for any other activity, such as bodybuilding, athleticism, climbing, dance, musicians, office workers, mostly if constant imbalance is generated by repeated movements.
There are not words to describe every single expectation. It is highly recommended that you try out a class and judge by your own experience! There is a free taster class available, all you have to do is subscribing in the form you can fins above.
What should I wear/BRING?
Comfortable clothes and bare feet -socks are more than welcome. That's all.
Mats are provided by the teacher. If you prefer so, you can bring a towel to put on top of your mat.
Some classes will require from you to use elastic bands. The teacher will provide them in such case but it is also great if you bring yours!
What if I miss a class and want to make it up?
Unfortunately, at the moment there is only one chance per week to come to a Body Awareness class with Zahida.
You are welcome to come to any of my Belly Dance lessons to made up your missed class. Also, you have the option to pay for drop-ins and 4 classes packages instead of paying for the whole term if you know your calendar in advance.
Why the classes run on a weekly basis and not in a X weeks course basis?
Any body discipline is a long term commitment. Even when you just want to take a class and have some fun with your friends, you have to keep on practising and receiving classes if you wish to maintain the effects. You will learn many things on each class, but actually making your body translating that wisdom in it's own language, will take some more time and practise.
Have you got a refund policy?
Due to the nature of the face to face lessons and the running costs, we operate under a NO refund policy in this case. Please make sure you can take the purchased classes before your payment.
A final clarification about money:
Zahida is always keen to facilitate and make her lessons affordable for everyone. However, this is not possible if she doesn't get the commitment from the students. This is why the best price offer is always -and will always be- for committed students who prioritise their weekly lesson and don't use vague excuses to skip classes.
Of course, there are also drop-in and payment plans options to adapt to the student life style. Ocasional students are very welcome to class.
Have you got any other question that is not answered here?
Feel free to drop us a line using the contact form. We are always happy to help you decide what is the best option for you.
From my classes and courses you can expect clarity, professionalism and inspiration. Always with a cheerful attitude, vital energy, and strong discipline -the good one.
ZAHIDA's PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Certified Pilates teacher in 2011, Zahida started her way in dance in contemporary dance when she was only 12 years old.
From the 2000 and for 5 years she received belly dance group and private lessons from her first teacher in Madrid. Requested and mentored by her teacher, she started teaching belly dance in 2001 in different cultural hubs and associations.
From 2005 and from that year onwards, as an independent professional, Zahida teaches workshops and seminars belly dance related. She has worked for universities, dance schools, councils and cultural centres.
It is said that her classes are full of joy and creativity, and that everywhere she teaches she creates an inclusive, close and welcoming environment.
Always evolving, Zahida has learnt from different sources. So back in 2009 she was part of a very successful production directed by Cristiane Azem -Galata. Amongst more than 50 dancers and with 4 dates sold out, Zahida danced in the amazing and yet inexistent Teatro de Madrid. She was also a dancer in Luna de Oriente Dance Company and Tres patas pa un banco Circus Company.
Between 2010 and 2014 she was an eager learner from her favourite teacher, Sonia Sampayo. With Sonia, Zahida studied african dance, turns and balance, veil, stage presence and body awareness. Sonia's lessons were a turning point in how Zahida were going to understand movement from then onwards.
Still in Madrid, she learnt Gothic and Tribal Fusion with Morgana for 5 years, african dance from alboury Dabo (Senegal) and belly dance from Gloria Alba.
When Zahida moved to London in 2014 she kept learning ballet with Franziska Rosenzweig (Holistic Ballet) and african dance with Yaye Dib Sabar and Aida Diop.
But without any doubt Zahida's most important accomplishment is to be invited to be a dancer of Company of Dreams, in the beginning of 2017, directed by Charlotte Deshorger.
Company of Dreams is the first dance company related with Belly Dance taking part on the program of prestigious theatres in United Kingdom.
In 2018 she toured the UK with Company of Dreams, reaching cities like Bristol, Manchester and Telford.
Also thanks to Company of Dreams, Zahida has got the chance to bring her Belly Dance classes to women in very difficult and vulnerable moments of their lives. Rape, domestic abuse, prison, trafficking and slavery are very violent experiences with a big impact in the sufferers. Thanks to the belly dance classes the healing process for these women is hopefully being softer and kinder.
Through this project -Belly Dance for Joy- Zahida has worked, and still works, for very important organizations in United Kingdom such as Migrant Help UK, Women's Aid and Hestia, amongst others. If you would like to know more about this project and donate to help us reaching more and more women, you can follow this link.
Zahida studied a Biology degree at Uni until the third course, leaving it because she started dancing full time.
As a self taught she constantly learns, specially from Tom Myers -Anatomy Trains- and Blandine Calais -Anatomy for the movement methods.
If you are keen to try a change in the way you understand and experience your body while you enjoy on the way, you can start right here.