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    Belly Dancing: Tips on Doing Shimmy - Women's Fitness

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    Belly Dancing: Tips on Doing Shimmy - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. One of the more popular movements in belly dance is the shimmy. And so when you are doing the shimmy, you have to remember that the body naturally wants to shake, and we work very hard to keep it from not shaking sometimes. So, with a lot of these moves, you will find that the more relaxed you are when you are doing a fast movement, the better results you will get. So when I am doing a shimmy, I cannot hold my breath and try to move like that. I have to just really relax. So, again, you are alternating the knees, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And you should stay here for as long as you need to, until you feel the glutes, and all the stuff on the inner thigh. Everything should just relax. One thing that you will probably notice is that you have one knee raring to go, and the other one kinda sputters along. So what you need to do is balance out the knees in order for your shimmy to be successful. So what I like to do is one knee at a time. I will start with my left knee. Just, bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend, straighten. I have got my weight over that leg. And then I will fasten it until I feel a little bit of a release up here. Then I will switch over to the right knee. Bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend, straighten, bend straighten. And then give a little bit of a shake. And I just want to see that release on the inner thigh. I know all the things that we do not like to do with our bodies. But, hey, stuff shakes. Why not enjoy it? So now, I am just going to wiggle the knees back and forth, I lift the arms. And just get a tiny little vibration shimmy going. And then I can sort of adjust to where my feet are, where my weight is, and get it a little bit bigger. And that is your shimmy. Have fun.