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November 21, 2012

Zumba Devotional for the body, mind and soul

Zumba ClassOver the past few months, a group of friends have been experimenting with ways to fuse their dual passions for Zumba exercise and Bahá'í devotional gatherings. They have combined the two activities into a full “body, mind and soul” workout, which according to Negin Hatam, seems to have struck a chord with neighbours who “are busy and trying to balance work and home life.”

They enjoy zumba exercise, which is based on dance, because it is suitable for a range of ages and fitness levels. Also, says Hatam, the music has universal appeal. In an typical evening, they spend about 30 minutes exercising to Zumba music and then they sit in a circle, “wiping our sweat and enjoying a cup of green tea or filtered water.” After this, there is a relaxing guided meditation accompanied by soft music, and finally, some thought-provoking questions on a chosen topic, which usually leads to some “hearty discussions,” says Hatam. Topics have included universal love, mercy, healing and nutrition, service, sacrifice, peace, and many more.

The group continues to meet each Tuesday at 6pm at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre, 211 McArthur Av, and welcomes new members.

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