Despina has over 20 years of teaching experience, and can teach beginner to advanced level classes in Bellydance, Pilates, and Yoga. If you're not in Sydney (Australia), classes can be taught via Skype. Go the Contact page and call or email Despina for a chat.
Despina teaches at both primary and secondary schools.
Her Yoga classes aim to help children and teens deal with stress, anxiety, and anger, while at the same time developing physical strength, balance, and flexibility.
Despina's Pilates classes not only teach children and teens how to tone their muscles in a safe and effective way, but also how to develop their concentration and listen to their bodies.
And, last but not least, Despina's dance classes foster a love of movement and appreciation for music. While her area of expertise is Bellydance, she can also teach the basics of: Greek, classical Indian, Bollywood, Southern African, and Latin dance.
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Despina can teach dance, Yoga, or Pilates (or a combo of all three) for intellectually or physically disabled people.
A Pilates class will increase physical strength, while Yoga will help with balance and relaxation. The dance classes introduce participants to music from different countries, and Western music is also used for the 'dance party' component of the class, which adds some extra fun and allows free expression of movement.
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Despina's specialty is Bellydance, but she can also teach the basics of: Greek, classical Indian, Bollywood, Southern African, and Latin dance.
Despina teaches a flowing style of Yoga and Pilates that caters for all ages and levels of fitness.
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Why Private Lessons Are So Effective
One hour of private tuition is the equivalent of having four group classes. In other words, you progress much more quickly in private tuition than when learning in a group.
And remember you don't have to do weekly private classes - they can be fortnightly or monthly. As long as you're diligent about practising at home, private lessons are definitely worth the money as they provide quick and successful learning.
Private tuition is most suitable if:
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If Despina turns up and class is cancelled, the cancellation fee is half of the agreed price.
There are no refunds for class fees.
While all care is taken it's the student’s responsibility to adjust their level of exercise in accordance with their own limitations to ensure no injury occurs.
Despina reserves the right to reschedule classes if she's unwell or due to unforeseen circumstances. All effort will be made to avoid cancellations/reschedulings, but if the occasion does arise as much warning as possible will be given.
Simple: because Bellydancing is the most fun way to trim down and shape up!
Even better, Bellydance is suitable for any age, shape, and fitness level. Also, being low impact means it's a very safe form of exercise. Bellydancing is great for toning and strengthening your whole body: you'll find that Bellydancing is fun yet challenging, and kind to the body while still giving you an excellent workout.
How Will Bellydance Benefit Me?
Doing regular Bellydance classes will mean you’ll look and feel better. But the best thing about Bellydance is that it’s 100% fun and, let’s face it, who couldn’t do with more fun in life?
What Are The Bellydance Classes Like?
My Bellydance classes are fun and there’s no pressure to compete with anyone. We work hard to ensure an increase in fitness, but you can reduce the intensity to suit your needs.
What Experience Do I Need To Do A Bellydance Class?
No experience at all. Just bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a smile!
What you’ll discover quickly is that Bellydance isn’t necessarily as easy as it looks. The good news is that, while it’s not always easy, it’s always fun. Remember there's no pressure to get everything right immediately - like anything new it takes time to improve, but with persistence you will most certainly progress. Stick with it and you will get better and better.
What Can I Expect In A Bellydance Class?
It really depends on the class plan for that particular course, but overall my classes focus a lot on technique. This gives students a very solid foundation in Bellydance.
Should I Be Fashionably Late To Bellydance Class?
No, it’s highly unfashionable to be late to any fitness class for two reasons: one, it’s discourteous both to the teacher and your fellow students; and two, you don’t want to risk injury by missing out on the warm up.
What Should I Wear To A Bellydance Class?
Wear comfortable exercise gear - whatever you’d normally wear to the gym is fine.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Uncoordinated?
Don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet - your coordination will gradually increase as the weeks go by.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Overweight?
People of all shapes and sizes attend Bellydancing classes so, yes, you can do Bellydancing if you’re overweight. Don’t be worried about being overweight - no one will judge you on your body shape. My classes are very friendly, non-jugdemental, and all-inclusive. I guarantee you’ll be greeted with smiles no matter what you look like.
Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I’m A Late Starter?
It’s never too early or too late to start Bellydancing. So,no, it doesn't matter what age you are.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I Have An Injury?
As long as your health professional gives you the go-ahead, you are most welcome to come to Bellydance class, injuries and all.
On the topic of safety please note that, you, the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you’re physically and medically fit for class. During class you must, at all times, take care of your own personal safety - and that includes listening carefully to my instructions. Note also that Bellydance classes - like all physical pursuits - do involve some risk of personal injury and, while I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during class.
Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I'm Pregnant?
If you were Bellydancing before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem dancing throughout your pregnancy. What you must do, however, is let me know that you’re pregnant, as there are some moves that should be done gently if you are pregnant.
On the other hand, if you haven’t Bellydanced before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start. Even if you're active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy. While it’s unlikely that anything bad will happen, it’s best not to take the risk.
What If I Hate Exercise? Should I Even Bother With Bellydance?
There tend to be a lot of exercise-haters attending Bellydance classes. The reason is that they find that - unlike other forms of exercise - they enjoy Bellydancing so much that it doesn’t really feel like exercise at all.
So, yes, definitely bother coming to Bellydance class if you generally hate exercise. You'll not only be in good company, but you'll no doubt find that you love Bellydancing despite the fact that it's exercise.
If you have any more questions you can get in touch with me via the Contact page.
I hope to shimmy with you some time soon - see you in class!
Because the physical and mental benefits of Yoga are countless.
Yoga involves low-impact movements and postures which increase flexibility, and tone and strengthen your entire body. In my opinion, Yoga will benefit you more than any other physical pursuit - least of all for its physical payoffs which are plenty, but for its mental benefits.
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How Will Yoga Benefit Me?
With dedicated practice of Yoga, you’ll not only feel better physically, but also mentally.
And that's because Yoga is not just a physical exercise - it supports your psychological health through meditation and relaxation. It’s the meditation and relaxation aspects of Yoga that help to ease stress, clear the mind, and develop a more positive and loving attitude to yourself and the world around you.
What Are Yoga Classes Like?
My Yoga classes are welcoming and pressure-free. There is no competition between participants, and you can reduce the intensity of the practice whenever you need to.
Like anything new, Yoga can be a little daunting at first, but with persistence you will learn - and the immense benefits of Yoga are worth pushing through the difficult first stages. In time you’ll be pleasantly rewarded seeing your body and mind improve.
What Experience Do I Need To Do A Yoga Class?
None at all.
But remember to give yourself a chance: don’t just try one class and decide you can’t do it - of course you can’t do it, you’ve only just started! Give it some time and give Yoga a good go.
What Can I Expect In A Yoga Class?
I try to use a variety of poses week by week so that students are constantly challenged. Although all classes aim to be challenging, the choice is yours as to how hard you feel you should work that day based on your needs at the time.
Should I Be Fashionably Late To Yoga Class?
No, absolutely not.
Being on time is a courtesy to your teacher and to your fellow students. Being late means that you miss out on some or all of the warm up. which is not a safe way to practice Yoga. Preparing the body is all-important to reduce the risk of injury in Yoga (or any type of physical activity), so be there for the start of class.
Do I Need Any Equipment To Participate In Yoga Classes?
You’ll definitely need to invest in a good quality Yoga mat.
What Should I Wear To A Yoga Class?
NOTE: The preference for fitted clothes is for safety reasons. I can clearly see what you’re doing and fix incorrect technique. You’ll also be able to move more easily wearing fitted clothes - baggy clothes an ride up and down and can get in the way of movement. And for the feet, being barefoot means you can take advantage of the stickiness of the mat to execute the Yoga poses well.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Uncoordinated?
Yoga requires no coordination.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Overweight?
People of all shapes and sizes can attend class, so there’s no need to worry about looking a certain way - my classes are very friendly and no one will judge you on your body shape.
You’ll see the difference in your body quite quickly by coming to class every week. Not only that, you’ll find that the positive mental attitude fostered through Yoga will mean you’re feeling better psychologically too.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m Not Fit?
You don’t need to start off being fit as you’ll attain fitness through regular practice of Yoga. In fact, if you come to class week after week, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid getting fitter.
Yoga works all your muscles, plus it will help you make improvements to your mental health through the relaxation and meditation techniques that are practiced during class. Improving the health of your mind will unquestionably help improve the health of your body.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I’m A Late Starter?
It’s never too early or late to start practicing Yoga and enjoying the vast benefits a dedicated Yoga practice brings.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I Have An Injury?
You can still participate in a Yoga class if you're injured IF your health professional has given you the go-ahead to do so.
On the subject of safety, please note that Yoga classes - like any physical pursuit - do involve some risk of personal injury. While I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during class. You, as the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you're physically and medically fit to safely practice Yoga, that you listen carefully to my instructions, and that you take care of your own personal safety during class.
Can I Still Practice Yoga If I’m Pregnant?
If you were practicing Yoga before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem practicing gentle Yoga all the way through your pregnancy. A modification you must make, however, is to completely avoid backbends and twists.
On the other hand, if you haven’t practiced Yoga before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start classes. Even if you are active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy.
There are many myths and misconceptions about Yoga. One is that it’s just about stretching. Another is that you have to be flexible to attempt Yoga. And, last but not lease, that Yoga’s easy.
Let’s look at those misconceptions one by one to give you an idea of what not to expect in class (which will ultimately give you an idea about what you can expect in a Yoga class!).
Misconception 1: Yoga’s Just About Stretching
I should point out first that Yoga is about stretching - but, it’s not just about stretching. It’s about strength too.
Dedicated Yogis and Yoginis are extremely (and sometimes mind-bogglingly) strong. So if plain old stretching isn’t your thing, Yoga might be just what you’ve been looking for: because it combines stretching with strength work, making it infinitely more challenging and beneficial than a basic stretch class.
Misconception 2: You Have To Be Flexible To Attempt Yoga
You needn’t be flexible before starting Yoga in the same way that you don’t need to lose weight before joining a gym. It works the other way around! With dedicated weekly practice, Yoga will - without a doubt - make you more flexible.
Misconception 3: Yoga’s Easy
Let me assure you that Yoga is not easy. Don’t expect to just roll around on the floor, breathing through your navel, and meditating on your ovaries. No, my friend - there’s much work to be done in a Yoga class and you will find it a challenging and rejuvenating experience.
So What Is Yoga In That Case?
Put simply, Yoga is the ultimate workout of both body and mind.
And I say that not as a Yoga teacher, but as someone who’s a big fan of many areas of fitness. You’ll find me participating in a variety of physical pursuits: happily punching away in a boxing class, pitting muscle against metal in the gym, walking my dogs, riding my bike, et cetera. I love it all!
But as a teacher and participant of a variety of physical disciplines, Yoga has to take the cake as the workout of workouts because the added meditation and relaxation develops the most important ‘muscle’ in your body: your mind.
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You’ll find that Yoga will increase your strength, and stretch your muscles, but - best of all - it will also decrease your stress and ease your mind. Meet the Yoga challenge - your body and mind will love you for it.
If you have any more questions please get in touch with me by phone or email via the Contact page.
I hope to meet you some time soon - see you on the mat!
The physical benefits of Pilates are incredible. Pilates involves low-impact exercises which will tone your body and strengthen your muscles. Pilates will enhance your abilities in other sports you do and in the daily activities of your life.
How Will Pilates Benefit Me?
Firstly, Pilates can radically change your body shape, and your body-confidence will skyrocket as a result.
Secondly, the activities in your life - be they work or play - will be improved immeasurably by Pilates. Whether you’re an elite athlete, a homemaker with kids to chase after, a sedentary office worker, a labourer, or whatever, no matter what you do Pilates will help you do it better.
What Are Pilates Classes Like?
My classes are non-judgmental, beginner-friendly, with a non-competitive and welcoming atmosphere. You are invited and encouraged to rest or reduce the intensity of any exercise whenever you need to.
What Experience Do I Need To Do A Pilates Class?
None at all. Just come along and give it a go. But please, don’t just try one class and decide you can’t do it - of course you can’t do it, you’ve only just started! Persist with Pilates and you'll be greatly rewarded.
What Can I Expect In A Pilates Class?
If you’re looking for a soft, relaxed workout, then you’ll need to look elsewhere as I teach a dynamic, challenging class. Having said that, you're encouraged (no matter how experienced you are) to use common sense, listen to your body, and rest whenever you need to.
Should I Be Fashionably Late To A Pilates Class?
Two words of advice on this: don’t be.
It's courteous, both to your teacher and the other participants, to be on time. And being there for the entire duration of the class is the safest way to do Pilates, so be there for the start of class.
Do I Need Any Equipment To Participate In Pilates Class?
You’ll definitely need to invest in a Yoga mat. And I say a Yoga mat rather than a Pilates mat, because a Pilates mat tends to be too spongy for my liking. It will also mean that if you get into Yoga too, the mat can serve two purposes.
What Should I Wear To A Pilates Class?
NOTE: The preference for fitted clothes is for safety reasons - I can clearly see what you’re doing and fix incorrect technique. You’ll also be able to move more easily - baggy clothes can ride up and down and can get in the way of movement. And for the feet, being barefoot means you can take advantage of the stickiness of the mat and perform the exercises to the best of your ability.
Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Uncoordinated?
Pilates requires very little co-ordination, so yes, being uncoordinated is not a problem.
Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Overweight?
People of all shapes and sizes can participate effectively in a Pilates class, so there’s no need to worry about looking a certain way. Not only that, my classes are extremely friendly and no one will judge you on your body shape.
Best of all, you’ll be seeing the difference in your body very, very quickly if you come to class regularly, so the feeling of self-consciousness will reduce as your body improves.
Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Not Fit?
Pilates doesn’t miss a muscle - and I’m not just talking major muscle groups here, I’m talking about all the other little ones in between the big ones too.
Through Pilates your whole body gets an overhaul. In fact, if you come to class week after week, it will be impossible to not to get fitter. In other words, you don’t need to be fit to start doing Pilates: you'll get fit (whether you like it or not!).
Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m A Late Starter?
It’s never too early or late to start doing Pilates and enjoy the improvements it brings into your life.
Can I Still Do Pilates If I Have An Injury?
You can still participate in a Pilates class, as long as your health professional has given you the go-ahead.
While talking about safety and injury, it's important to note that Pilates classes - like any physical pursuit - can involve risk of personal injury and while I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during classes. You, as the participant, are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and medically fit for the class, and that during the class you take care of your own personal safety.
Can I Still Do Pilates If I’m Pregnant?
If you were doing Pilates before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem doing Pilates all the way through your pregnancy (with the exception of exercises which involve lying on the tummy as your baby bump gets bigger).
On the other hand, if you haven’t done Pilates before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start classes. Even if you are active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy.
If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch with me via the Contact page.
I hope to meet you some time soon - see you on the mat!
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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