Monday, November 2, 2015

New foam rolling video: Cooldown/upper body relaxation routine

Hello hello :)

I'm happy to report I've just uploaded a free 6-minute foam rolling bonus video cooldown as an addition to the ShimmySessions and Shimmypack downloadable classes from the Online classes with Khalida page.

The video below is part of my personal post-dance training routine, which I've created in the process of finding ways to become, dance (and stay!) pain-free during the past few years.

Here it is:

This video features some my favorite foam rolling cooldown exercises, including a combination of 3-D breathing inspired by the Dance Stronger program and a few simple but effective exercises to relax your upper back, gently release your hip flexors and reset your posture, all at once.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Foam rolling cool down/upper body release

Filmed at Sandra van Frankfoort-Mamentus beautifully 'zen' home studio <3

ETA: For a bit of extra zen-ness, complement this routine with practising the art of.. Letting go.

Happy rolling,

xx Khalida

PS: Also check out the pre-warmup video mini-series using basic foam rolling techniques at

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall in pictures - Happy November!

Long time no blog :) Can't believe how fast the past few months have flown by.

Below are a few impressions of my August-October autumnal adventures - inline skating, highland hiking, forest walking, mushroom hunting, moon howling, online classing, pumpkin souping, airline traveling.. And also a bit of dance <3

August through October (we'll be going for another round or two today, it's a beautiful fall day!) are for inline skating with Mr E at Eschweiler's Blausteinsee

September 12-19th - Pictures of our hiking (and boating!) adventures on Isle of Skye

Right after that - Back to more online class recordings (aka the Shimmy Sessions!) at Chandra's beautiful home studio in Stein, the Netherlands

September 28th - Watching the full super blood moon eclipse in the fields of hometown Eschweiler

October was for mushroom hunting in beautiful Aachener wald (we found some porchini and chestnut bolete, yum.)

My first attempt at soup-cooking (adventure!) happened this October as well: Thai pumpkin soup with ginger, pepper and shallots, mmm..

24-26th October - Gathering lovely dance memories at the 15th edition of Celebrating Dance in Torquay, UK - aka The English riviera



Then finally flying back home just in time for..

October 31st - Halloween party time (also a first for me!) at Luna Llena's lovely 'Pumpkins and Shimmies' event in Diepenbeek, BE (See FB for the hafla and group pictures) <3

In November it was time for more practice at our regular class studio (we'll have new Tuesday Training sessions there too!) in Würselen, DE - With notebook and camera at the ready

Nov 6-8th I was lucky enough to visit Leila of Serbia's 'Oriental Love' festival in Belgrade - a fantastic experience, inspirational on so many levels.


And last but not least I got to be part of Fédra's 'FDBD' dance celebration in Brussels, BE this weekend, performing a wings duet with the hostess <3

Soo.. That's what I've been up to this fall. For future adventures check out

I'll be back with a new blog post soon - this time featuring another foam rolling youtube video for all of you who love the art of foam rolling :)

Until then,

xx K.