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I have been taking lessons for approximately 4 months. During this time I have had to go to a Physical Therapist 3 times. My lower back and hips are causing me a lot of pain. I can't stand the thought of giving up. Belly dancing has done wonders for me in so many ways. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to keep my hips from hurting?
Stop! If it is causing you pain, dont do it. Its hard for me to understand your condition without seeing you move, and knowing you and more of your circumstances, such as weight, posture, and age. It could be something else that is going on in your life and /or in your body that is causing your pain because its not normal for you to be in pain or have to see a physical therapist. It could be a combination of things like new exercise and the bed you are sleeping in. Just how much belly dance are you doing in these short four months? Maybe you are doing too much, too fast.
I am 14 years old. I have always wanted to belly dance. I weigh around 200 lbs, but really dont look that big. I was hoping you could help. We dont even know where to begin looking anymore. My grandma says I need to like my body more ...to be more comfortable with my body. I am, personally. I want to loose weight and I thought dancing would really help.
I'm glad you are comfortable with your body. However, I think everyone wants you to be healthy in your body as well. Being 200 pounds is a bit much for most of us. It can cause a sleeping disorder called Sleep Apnea that can make life very difficult. A lack of sleep will stop you from metabolizing nutrients in your body and stop you from thinking clearly. It can also cause a heart attack even in young people.
To find a dance teacher in your area, see Candra's question and answer section on where to find a good teacher and class. You'll also need to purchase an instructional video to get started. Refer to Candra's answer on learning from videos and DVDs.
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