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Fitness Classes with Inspire in Sydney

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Limited places are available for in-person classes at studios around Sydney (with a COVID Safe Plan of course!), as well as interactive online class options. See our timetable and choose what suits you best.

New courses begin from Monday 19 April to Saturday 26 June. Registration is now open! Once you've chosen your classes, register on our enrolment page.

Zumba Gold ~ Yoga for Beginners ~ Bellydance for Fitness

Read on for more, and contact us to find out how to join in!

"Just wanted to thank you for the great Zumba session tonight!
Zoom works so well for this and thanks for training us all to use it. The health benefits are immense (not least our mental health these days). We are all so stressed at present and this certainly gave me my first real smile in days."
- Maggie

Fitness Class Descriptions:

FitnessBellydance for FitnessBellydance Fitness

Want to be stronger, more energetic, and last longer in your dancing? Improve your coordination, cardio fitness, strength, flexibility and body awareness, through bellydance movement. Each class contains a mix of dance and fitness drills, simple routines, shimmy challenges, often a touch of folklore to train specific muscle groups, mat work, and stretching. Get ready to sweat and feel the burn! Read on below for more details.

Not suitable for beginners. If you've never bellydanced before, please join our Bellydance Fundamentals course first.

Online Only: Tuesdays 6.15pm with Andrea

*Recordings available for 1 week after each class if you can't attend in real time.

YogaYoga for BeginnersYoga Fundamentals

Yoga is for everyone - whether you've got some experience, or have never tried it before. No, you don't need to be flexible to join in!

A regular yoga practice supports the health of your mind and body. Johara will introduce the physical aspects of yoga ('asana' or poses) alongside the philosophical, providing a well-rounded holistic foundation to yoga that builds from week to week. Experience benefits in strength and range of motion, as well as body awareness and mental focus.

Absolute beginners of all ages and body types are invited to discover the benefits that yoga can bring. Johara will offer modifications if you have any injuries, conditions or restrictions. For those who have done yoga in the past, these classes will consolidate your foundations and deepen your practice. Read on below for more details.

Online only: Saturday 9am with Johara

*Recordings available for 1 week after each class if you can't attend in real time.

Don't forget, we also offer Belly Dancing classes for a range of levels, beginners to advanced. See the Bellydance Classes page for more details.

Read on for more details about:

Zumba Gold ~ Yoga for Beginners ~ Bellydance for FitnessRachel ZumbaZumba Fitness

Fun, Beginner-Friendly Courses for all ages

A unique approach to Zumba Fitness that's suitable for ALL levels. Our classes follow a truly beginner- and injury-friendly format. You don't need a dance background, and you don't need to be young, fit or thin (but it's also OK if you are). All you need is the desire to have fun dancing your way around the world!

Want to be part of it?

Not sure what it's all about? Read on, or watch this short video.

Beth says: "I love your classes.
"I’ve been doing zumba at the gym. It’s good, it helps fitness and bone density, but it’s also frustrating. At the gym, the music is hideous and blaring! And the moves are repetitive.
"Which is why I came to your class. I love your choreography! You understand music and dance – not just fitness – the fitness is there, but it’s integrated into the music. Fitness and bone density are important for me (I’ve got osteopenia), but what I love is music and dance.
"The level was perfect. Not everything was easy, I had to think about it. And I noticed you subtly encouraging me to do more intensity. Higher knee lifts were hard to do! but I’ll work on it. Good to have mastery, and also good to have a challenge. So thanks for a great class!"

Dance, laugh and sweat with us at Zumba Gold with Inspire Bellydance

What is Zumba Gold?

Zumba® fitness is a fun dance workout based on spicy Latin and international rhythms. It's not a dance style; instead, during the class you will experience a range of music and dance styles from all over the world, plus some familiar pop songs too. Experience a taste of salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, bollywood, samba, African, hip-hop and more!

Zumba Gold takes this format and makes it lighter, so it suits all levels and ages. We simplify the moves so that it's easy to follow, take out the jumping and other tricky steps, and offer a range of options so that everyone finds what's right for them. Soon you're moving, dancing, laughing, clapping and sweating it out while having a blast.

It is NOT what you see in TV commercials or in videos. It DOES follow the same format of exercising to Latin and other rhythms, but speed and moves are slightly toned-down. These minor changes accommodate the needs of the biggest segment of the population: mature people, those who are injured, pregnant or postnatal, new to exercise, or anybody who needs, or simply prefers, a low-impact, easier-to-follow dance exercise class. What is NOT toned-down is the happy atmosphere and the FUN we have every time we get together!

Zumba Gold class

How does it benefit me?

Besides enjoying yourself for an hour, Zumba Gold can help you experience better general health and well-being, stronger muscles, improved balance and coordination, and the ability to perform the activities of daily living for a long time to come. If the group or your health requires it, we can exercise sitting down. You still get a great workout and most of the benefits of the regular class. The class is designed with the abilities of each specific group in mind. (Light weights can be used to increase tone and muscle strength.)

"Oh no, it's not for me..." Let's tackle some of the common excuses.

Zumba Gold Class

Small, specialised classes

It's easy to get started with Rachel's beginner-friendly approach to dance fitness. Our step-by-step teaching and progressive courses make it easy to learn. Ours are small-scale, boutique classes: unlike at gyms, we don't pack fifty people into the class. Numbers are capped to make sure everyone can see the instructor and gets individual guidance. Perfect for those who are new to Zumba (or any form of dance or exercise), post pregnancy, or recovering from an injury.

Beginner? More mature? Or tried it before and found it too hard?

Don't worry, we'll make it easy! Our easy Zumba program is run as a structured course suitable for anyone, even absolute beginners who have no dance experience or don't exercise much. We take it step by step, so unlike at gyms, you won't be intimidated in your first class. Students range in age from under 10 to over 60. Rachel can modify the moves to suit your individual needs. Read the review of our class in Seniors magazine 50UP.

Zumba ClassesZumba classes are different at Inspire! Bellydance because...

Of course, all our Zumba classes begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down. In between, you'll learn simple, fun choreographies from a range of world dance styles such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton, samba and maybe even bellydance. Meanwhile, you'll improve your co-ordination and understanding of rhythm and music. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

Where & When? ~ How much and how to book? ~ Common questions ~ Contact Us

Students say...

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You are a truly inspiring teacher." - Lynn

"It is great to be doing Zumba again, it is great fun and I am feeling much fitter already!" - Madeline

"Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the Zumba session with Rachel. The session was tailored to our requirements and incorporated a range of dance styles, reflecting cultural diversity. Rachel is an engaging instructor who was both professional and fun, presenting a positive attitude to exercise and fitness." Sue - Childcare Teacher / co-ordinator

In short, if you'd like to improve your cardiovascular fitness in a dance party-like atmosphere with an international flavour, then Zumba is for you. And if you want it to be accessible and easy on the joints, then Zumba Gold is the specialty that's best for you. The addition of light weitghs with Zumba Toning makes sure you'll get stronger as well. So come along, give it a whirl and find out how much fun it is. Zumba Gold classes are on Monday 5.30pm (full) / Tuesday 12.30pm / Thursday 5.30pm (full) / Low intensity: Friday 9.30am (a lower intensity class, specifically intended for seniors or those with health issues. Class ends with some strengthening and stretching; have a chair handy.)

Yoga with JoharaYoga Fundamentals

Join Johara to explore the foundations of Yoga, from the comfort of your own home. During this course Johara will introduce both the physical aspects of yoga (asana or poses) alongside the philosophical, providing a well-rounded holistic foundation to yoga that builds from week to week.

This class is perfect for absolute beginners as well as continuing or past yoga students. Movements covered in the first series will be clearly explained allowing students to learn or build on current knowledge. New asanas (poses) will be explored helping build strength, balance and flexibility

Jo has a background in dance with a special interest in how the body moves as a whole and how the fascial system impacts breath, flow and ease of movement.

Persistent injuries and chronic pain (from both dance and life in general) were the catalysts for investigating other modalities to improve body awareness, strength, flexibility and overall health. Eventually finding Yoga in 2016, Jo hasn’t looked back. In just three years, Jo has explored a variety of styles coming to fall in love Hatha/Vinyasa flow and yin – so much so she has achieved her qualification to teach both in 2018 at Sukha Mukha Yoga.

In her Yoga teaching, she aims to combine her knowledge of body movement with traditional Yoga postures and philosophy. Joining breath and movement to quiet the mind and find ease, both on and off the mat.

Why do Yoga?

What do you need?

In an ideal world! – yoga mat, 2x yoga blocks, strap/belt, chair, blanket, bolster space to lay down with arms extended either side of ears

Reality! – Yoga mat (if possible – cheap from K-mart/BigW/Target – but only if you are out shopping for food!), pillows or cushions, blanket, 2x towels, belt or scarf (non-stretch material), chair, space to lay down with arms extended either side. Potentially, a wall with clear space to lean on and also sit against.

Bellydance for FitnessBellydance for Fitness

We are taking all the Bellydance moves that you already know, and adding a fitness challenge through intensity, muscle engagement and resistance. Let's challenge our body to make it stronger, more powerful and full of energy! This course will help you to improve your:
- Coordination
- Cardio fitness
- Strength
- Endurance
- Flexibility
- Body Awareness

Each class contains a mix of drills focussing on various body parts (eg core, legs, shoulders); follow-along simple dance routines and shimmy challenges to build endurance; often a touch of folklore to train specific muscle groups; some mat work, and stretching. Be ready to sweat!

This class is not designed to teach bellydance technique or performance skills. We have other classes for that, so why not do one of each?

Some bellydance experience is required to take this course; if you've never danced before, please join our Bellydance Fundamentals course this term to learn the basic technique, in order to move safely.

Inspire! Bellydance and Zumba Fitness classes in Sydney: Chatswood 2057; Rozelle 2039 NSW Australia.

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