Hi!
I’m Lauren Zehara.

Join me for a fun online class in belly dance or yoga!

Judgment-free • Body positive • All genders • All ages • All sizes • All abilities
Come enjoy whatever body you’re in.

Online Classes

Next Zoom session begins week of May 23!

  • $60/6-week session
  • 25% OFF a second class
  • No-questions-asked discount rate during COVID nonsense
  • Monthly billing available for long-term students ($40/month*)

*Monthly billing is at a slightly reduced rate to accommodate the occasional holiday, etc.

All classes are ONLINE using the Zoom app. If you’ve never used the app, don’t worry! I’ll help you. You can use it on a phone, tablet, or computer. I’ll be able to see you, so you can be sure you’re following along correctly. And we’ll all be able to talk, ask questions, and connect as we learn.

Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance

Thursdays, 7:00pm CST • Online
6-week session • One-Hour Classes

Come dance with me! This class is open to students who already have a vocabulary of basic movements, but want to explore musicality and polish their technique.

Next Session’s Theme: Folklore Foundations

We’ll practice the basics of recognizing & responding to folkloric rhythms and instruments. Each class will include an overview of a folkloric style that arises in typical bellydance settings, then we’ll drill standard moves in that style.

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Belly Dance (Performance)

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Beginner/Intermediate Belly Dance

Tuesdays, 7:15pm CST • Online
6-week session • One-Hour Classes

Come dance with me! This class is open to beginners and students who are still building their dance vocabulary and technique. It’s also a fun, lighthearted class for more advanced students who want an easy, low-pressure place to enjoy the dance.

Each session reviews posture and technique, and combines a range of foundational moves into a fun choreography so you’ll feel like you’re dancing right away.

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Belly Dance (Beginner/Intermediate)

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Yoga • All Levels

Tuesdays, 6:00pm CST • Online
6-week session • One-Hour Classes

The Focus is Peace, Strength & Flexibility

Next Session’s Theme: Flow

Each class is a complete, well-rounded practice that builds strength, balance, flexibility, and a deeper connection between mind and spirit.

But alongside its “workout” benefits, yoga has the power to connect us with our energy flow, mental patterns, and deep wisdom, and my classes are consciously designed to enable that subtle learning to happen.

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Yoga

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Belly Dance

I teach a mixture of Egyptian, Turkish, and American styles of belly dance.

I’ll be offering two levels of classes at the moment. I think of traveling shimmies as the dividing line between them — if you can easily walk and shimmy at the same time, you probably have the foundation to join the upper level class.

Otherwise, stick with the other class for now and leave yourself room to grow!

The advanced class is where I’ll be teaching choreography for future Dance Hipnotique performances, so if you’d like to perform with me, you should be there.

However, you don’t have to be a performer to join the class.

Yoga

I’ve done yoga all my life — when I was growing up, I didn’t know that other people didn’t do it!

My teaching is not about achieving fancy poses. It’s simply about finding comfort and space in your body, preserving flexibility and strength, and learning to relax and tune in.

My yoga foundation was with Iyengar teachers, but I teach a mixed hatha yoga style.

Expect a 50-50 mix of active poses and restorative yoga in my classes.

Recommendations

Students have asked me for my recommendations for a couple of products, so I’m gathering them here.

Yoga Mats

The most important thing is to have a mat that isn’t slippery. If your hands and feet slide around, yoga becomes way more difficult than it should be.

Hugger Mugger makes great mats at a good price point. The Tapas mat is a classic.

The thicker Ultra is nice if you have joint issues, but the tradeoff is that balancing is a little more difficult.

Dance Shoes

You can absolutely belly dance barefoot; shoes aren’t necessary. But a little cushioning under the heel and a good surface for turns can save a lot of wear and tear on your knees.

Capezio Freeform is by far my favorite dance shoe. It’s like wearing nothing at all, but I can turn easily and my knees have a little protection from impact.

Order two full sizes up from your street size.

A dance sneaker will give you full support and cushioning for problem feet, but still offer a suede sole for turns. I wore these when I was recovering from plantar fasciitis.

Be sure to check the size guide — dance shoes are sized weird.