Thursday, April 16

Why Do I Dance

Why do I dance?

Being a yummymummy of two, managing my home and business- life can get quite nutty for me considering I want to be a superwoman!

Every yummymummy needs an outlet- something or someplace to run to when our tricks don’t seem to be working anymore.

This is why I dance—to break free and sweat, to clear my mind for a few minutes (or more!), to feel sexy, happy, joyous and free!

I’ve always loved music. 

Thanks to my rock and roll hippie parents. 

I fondly remember being so tiny and watching my mom dress up with her giant black stereo with big round speakers blasting new wave music. She’d be jumping up and down like a silly child, brushing her glorious hair and putting make up on. She’d do this every day and whistle as she drove us to school. She would wake us up to Joni Mitchell or Dave Matthews and I’d try my best to roll out of bed:P 
my stunning mum
Bo-Dee-- the couple that FLOWs together
The Fucoys-- my musical family
Mi Samba Familia-- Pascal in my tummy:P
teaching at a FLOW retreat in La Union
My first samba experience at Sanctum, Intramuros. Photo by the amazing Andy Maluche.
FLOwin in Lombok, Indonesia!

Maybe this is why I love music. 

I then fell in love with more music as I married a very musical man from a musical family.  
This is how I was introduced to samba and soon became part of Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense. 

When I started dancing, I was very insecure and shy because I had no formal training for technique. But our madrinha, Carolina reminded me that samba isn’t about the training, but about the heart, soul and feeling that the drums create within us. Samba has taught me to move to the beat of the drums and not care about what others think. So much so that I paraded in Brazilipinas half naked with a 7-month preggy belly a couple of years ago and felt on top of the world!

I won't forget the first time I watched the samba school perform. 
The drumming was so intense that I felt high and my body didn’t want to stop moving. I was sweating intensely and was soooo happy as if my heart was really smiling! 
No, I wasn’t on drugs. 
I was on SAMBA!

And so my love affair with Samba began. 

I drummed and danced to my hearts content. 

My mother-in-law also loves samba and puts on a cd to listen to Brazilian music while cleaning the house and dancing! It really makes your heart a bit lighter and the serotonin produced does make you happier.  Women really need exercise and movement is essential for healthier happier wives:P 

This is why yoga, samba and all other forms of exercise is essential to stay sane in this very fast paced modern day.

We all need time to reset and recharge. 
This is what the FLOW retreats do!

So come join me at the upcoming FLOW Surf.Yoga.Samba Retreats with Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense as we share our love of samba with you- a passion, a community, a SAMBA lifestyle!


Join our upcoming retreats that include Samba in the line up!

May 2-4 in Flotsam and Jetsam, La Union

June9-12 in Ubud, Indonesia

August in Chiangmai, Thailand

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