Singles dance for love of Zumba

2018-02-20 06:00
Woodstock women did Zumba to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Woodstock women did Zumba to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day is popularly known as a day to spoil your better-half, but who needs a partner when they can Zumba their way to happiness­?

More than 50 single women from around Woodstock took part in a Zumba session especially for single women hosted at St Mary the Virgin church hall.

Organisers say the turnout was great and their aim was achieved.

Zumba instructor Sania Arendse says Valentine’s Day is a day that anyone can celebrate, irrespective of their circumstances, and they wanted to create that platform for their community.

She says the organisation, called Zumba Woodstock, encouraged women to “dance like no one is watching”.

“Love begins with loving oneself, this enables you to love others and allow others to love you,” she says.

Though they usually host their normal Zumba Woodstock sessions twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesday, this week they reserved it for singles and everyone else had to be turned away.

She says being single may seem to be easy and stress-free, but women also undergo emotional stress like those in relationship and need to be reminded that they are special too and they do not need someone else to be complete.

She explains benefits of Zumba, saying: “It creates a safe space to express oneself without inhibitions through 90 minutes of pure bliss. It helps you to burn 800 to 1000 calories in an hour, encourages fitness and helps reduce stress among many other health benefits.”

She says Zumba Woodstock was established in late 2016 when one of the founders, Insaaf Safudien, identified need in the community for a place were they could work out and have fun doing it. Zumba Woodstock was officially launched last year. Participant Farah Kamaldien, says she enjoyed the session because it helped her relax and she felt refreshed afterwards.

Yumna van Schalkwyk says the session allowed her to dance and enjoy herself without any rules and she has now fallen in love with Zumba.

V For more information visit the Zumba Woodstock Facebook page.

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