The 3 things that changed my Life (life hacks, anyone interested?)

Although I don´t believe in Universal Formulas, I´m happy to share my TOP 3 LIFE HACKS, the goodies that work for me, the things that changed my life for better.

If they apply to you, great; if they don´t, I invite you to FIND YOUR OWN LIFE HACKS. Trust me, they exist. What makes a difference in your life may be different from what makes a difference in my life but those goodies – your goodies – are out there. Go and get them. Nobody will improve your life – only YOU can do it, starting with those daily, seemingly ordinary, things.

  1. Daily meditation.

At first, it felt like an impossible task. How could I – the over-doer always on schedule and on the run – stop, every day, for 15 or 20 minutes to do”nothing”? How could I take time from my overloaded day to sit, focus on my breath, and be – just be?

I believe most of us, particularly Westerners, arrive to Meditation as a way to save ourselves from insanity, a last resource, searching for salvation. We reach a point of mild, or violent, burnout and realize we have to STOP in order to keep moving. I was no exception. My brain felt like it was going to explode; I´d lived more in 35 years of existence than most people I know live during their entire lives. I felt overwhelmed, exhausted, in urgent need of respite. My “cup was running over” but not in a good way.

Once I forced myself to sit still and go through my daily meditation, the agitation gave place to peace. I endured the storms, the “what a hell am I doing, or not doing, here?” tantrums, the shenanigans, the bursts of laughter and crying, the almost irresistible temptation to quit. I stayed put, returned day after day to my seated position; eyes closed, mind – slowly – opening. Now, I can honestly say: meditation takes me to my happy place, my internal home, my personal heaven, the one which resides within. It has shown me HOW to breathe and use my breath to shape my reality; how to distinguish my thoughts from WHO I AM, truth from fantasy, fear from courage. It has made me more rooted, aware, calm, trusting, loving, and – tchan, tchan, tchan! – patient.

It has changed the way I dance, live, treat myself and others.

***There are many MEDITATION APPS, some of them FREE, available on the internet. Search for the one you´d like to try and give it a go. Realize it takes time to form a new habit so DO NOT QUIT. If you miss a day, or more, restart. You´re allowed to fall and rise up.

Make meditation a daily practice for at least 60 days in a row, the time it takes, according to research, to install a new habit.


2. Gratitude

The daily practice of GRATITUDE has changed my mindset and, consequently, the way I dance and live.

Complaining, criticizing, pointing fingers is so easy! Plus, we find loads of company for those activities. But, let´s be honest, complaining doesn´t get things done; criticizing may, or not, raise awareness on something which is not right but it doesn´t change it for the better; pointing fingers is disempowering.

Once you become aware of GRATITUDE, how it applies to your existence and how it changes it, you never go back to the CRITICS CLUB. You´ll be too busy saying THANK YOU, LIFE; too busy with your own life, the things and people that matter the most to you.

It´s as simple as this: I have a GRATITUDE APP on my mobile phone. As soon as I wrap my daily meditation, a central part of my Morning Routine, I´ll open the app and write the things I´m most grateful for. They can be “food on the table”, or “this sunny day”, or “my love relationship”, or “the success and the joy in my work”, or “the challenges that are making me grow”, or (fill in the blank).

What a daily GRATITUDE PRACTICE does is tuning YOU with LIFE´s ABUNDANCE, a POSITIVE ENERGY of LOVE, CAN-DO, INSPIRATION, OPENNESS. The more you say THANK YOU, the more you´ll receive.


***Create your own GRATITUDE RITUALS.

You can go for a GRATITUDE JAR where you´ll insert hand-written notes with the things you´re most grateful for at the end of each week; you can download a GRATITUDE APP, as I did, and use it daily; you can have your GRATITUDE JOURNAL where you´ll write before sleeping. Use your imagination.The most important thing is to make it a HABIT, not something you do here and there.

3. Filing my LIFE with Beauty.

My feet standing on my beloved Moroccan rug, one I bought from an old man – kind, funny, wrinkled and beautiful – at the outskirts of the desert.

I know it sounds too easy. Or difficult. You may claim: I don´t have time, money, or energy to focus on Beauty; that´s a luxury for the rich and the lucky. Yes, you may claim it. And I will disagree.

When, after many years of life in Cairo, Egypt, and travels world-wide for work, I decided to move for a while to the deep Portuguese countryside; I found a humble abode hidden between the mountains and the river and I settled in it. I knew I NEEDED to BRING BEAUTY into my life. That, in itself, would do a lot of the cleaning, healing, and rebirthing I so desperately needed.

I didn´t buy new clothes, furniture, or objects for decoration. I went back to the basics: a clean home which I cleansed with daily doses of fresh air, incense, and essential oils; a well tended garden from which I could take flowers to decorate my place (and myself); a silent, peaceful, bulshit-free environment where ONLY LOVE AND BEAUTY could enter. I filtered my thoughts, feelings, interactions with my inner and exterior world; I made sure nothing negative would reign in my space. No, sir, not on my watch.

I´ve moved out, lived in Morocco and Indonesia ever since. I´ve spent time in hotel rooms around the globe. Yet, my CULT OF BEAUTY remains untouched.

Bringing BEAUTY in all its forms into my life has changed the whole game. I no longer participate in negative, trashing, destructive scenarios; I make sure my environments are clean, fresh, beautified with whatever is available. I´ve discovered BEAUTY is healing and realized we eventually become a mirror of the things and people we surround ourselves with. If I catch myself into downwards/destructive mode, I catch myself up and breathe – staring at the trees, the sky, anything beautiful.

Add BEAUTY into your home, work space, internal and external life. Go for simplicity; filter the thoughts, things, and people you wish to bring into your life. DECORATE your LIFE in an uplifting, inspiring, manner. Beauty attracts beauty, the same way joy attracts joy, and gratitude attracts abundance.

YOU are BEAUTIFUL – let your dance, and life, be a reflection of that fact.

Enjoy this bonus video I´ve produced for YOU:

*Share your own LIFE HACKS in the comments to this post – I´d love to hear from you and the things that make your life happier.

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How to make your Dance more Unique – tips by Joana Saahirah

Enjoy this new goodie I´ve produced for my Dance Community.

I hope it inspires you to dance and live in a happier, more soulful way.

Video Notes inspired by students from all over the world.

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NEW Video – Tips to bring more Feeling into your Dance – by Joana Saahirah

Hey, gorgeous!

Check out my NEW video “Tips to bring more Feeling into your Dance”, another gift to my beloved dance community.

I hope this video inspires you to dance, and live, from your heart. Emotion is beautiful; love is the energy that makes everything, including dance, worth our time and energy.

Feel welcome to WATCH, LIKE, and SHARE the video with your dance peeps ❤

Meanwhile…

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Join our NEWSLETTER – Joana Saahirah´s World – and receive our exclusive NEWS, GIFTS, & INSPIRATIONS

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Yeah, baby! That´s what I´m talking about.

The “In Between” space (that annoying mother f#$%r!)

As a teacher, I´ve seen it happening.

As a dancer, a choreographer, an author, and a creator who is constantly pushing boundaries and producing out of the box, I´ve been through it on endless occasions.

As a human being who thrives to continuous growth, I know how it feels.

That – mother f”#$%&r – state of “in between”, when you´re not where you want to be yet but you´re also not where you were; the “no man´s land” where you feel you´re adrift, having started the journey without knowing if you´ll arrive to your destination.

That space between your old self and your new self, your goal and the achievement of your goal, the middle point in your Evolution Journey – grey, moldy, blurred – is annoying. If you´re impatient, like me, the irritation gets exponentially multiplied. You´re working passionately but you don´t see the results. Not yet. You ask when? You keep on working, pushing, focusing. And still no results. Damn it!

You´ll eventually reach a crossroads: you either drive yourself crazy with impatience and tension (“Why, why, why aren´t the results showing?”), you quit (“This isn´t working, I´ll never get where I want to be; why am I doing all this work, anyway?”), or you keep on moving forward while surrendering, trusting life, knowing the fruits of the seeds you´re planting will show in their own natural time.

It can be hard, really hard, but there´s no escape. Like in many other things in life, you´ll have to make a choice: go nuts, quit, or keep going while trusting life and its timing. Although I´ve chosen each of the three options, on different occasions, I now know which is the wisest. And you know IT, too.


Do the work while allowing Life, and Time, to be your Co-Creation partners.
They won´t fail you.

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Sensuality in Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah (another “against the current” video)

Oh, oh, she did it again. Another “against the current” video!

Sometimes, I wonder how I can get away with it – doing and saying exactly what I believe in even if that goes totally, and I mean TOTALLY, against the current.

You gotta own your own truth, baby!

Enjoy this NEW video about Sensuality in Egyptian Dance – what it means, the prejudices and misconceptions behind it, and why it´s so important to have it in your dance. And life.

Feel welcome to watch, like, and share the video with your peeps ❤

How to make your Dance more Relaxed – tips by Joana Saahirah

Hello, gorgeous!

Here´s a NEW gift I´ve produced for the dance community – a few precious TIPS to become more RELAXATION to your dance.

This, aside from “feeling” and “sensuality”, is the most requested question I get related to Egyptian Dance technique.

Dancing in a relaxed way is more than staying true to authentic Egyptian Dance and more than moving beautifully – it´s about surrendering to the joy this dance, and life, can provide. When we let go, we start to live-experience-feel more.

There are many other strategies to become a more relaxed dancer but the ones I share in this video are a great starting point. Enjoy ❤

Welcome to Joana Saahirah´s World (join our Newsletter & receive our News, Inspirations, and Gifts!)


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I want to hear from YOU – A MESSAGE to my beloved STUDENTS (by Joana Saahirah)

As you know, our JOANA SAAHIRAH´S ONLINE DANCE SCHOOL is going through a major transformation.
I must confess: when Powhow closed down, without a warning, I panicked. So much vision, work, time, and energy had been spent building the school! There were more than 40 original courses available, all of them with bonus material I´d (also) produced with my own hands. Everything seemed to have gone to waste…the great momentum we´d created at the school was abruptly interrupted by something I couldn´t control. FREAK OUT MODE was on!
Facing challenges isn´t something new, for me. I´ve gone to war many times in Cairo, Egypt, where I started my career, and in many other places around the world. I´m way too familiar with finding rocks on my path and not giving up. But…I felt defeated.

Then, faithful to myself and what I teach, I asked myself: WHAT IS THIS EXPERIENCE TELLING ME? HOW CAN I TURN AN OBSTACLE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH?

And the quest for a NEW, better, school started. I researched extensively on the best platforms, the best way to serve my dance community, the best venue to express my gifts and help you do the same. The answer came.

I´m now in the process of finishing a brand new School and I need YOUR FEEDBACK before I launch it:

WHAT ARE THE THEMES YOU´D LIKE ME TO TEACH AT THE SCHOOL?

WHAT HAVEN´T I DONE IN THE FIRST SCHOOL PLATFORM THAT YOU´D LIKE ME TO DO, NOW?

HOW CAN I IMPROVE ON THE WORK ALREADY SHARED IN OUR FIRST “JOANA SAAHIRAH´S ONLINE DANCE SCHOOL”?

I´d be thankful if you could answer those questions and send them to me, via email.I believe that GROWH is a combination of LISTENING TO OUR HEARTS and listening to the hearts of the ones who surround us.

Waiting to hear from you & sending you my ❤

And the Winners (Behind the Curtain contest) are…

And the WINNERS of our "Behind the Curtain" contest are...
I´m truly excited to offer an autographed copy of my new book plus 1-hour private online class to the lucky students who won the contest “Behind the Curtain”. Although many students/dancers participated, only two matched the conditions of the contest and offered a deep, heartfelt, answer to the question “Why you believe Egyptian Dance is magical”.

Congratulations to the WINNERS!

And the WINNERS of our “Behind the Curtain” Contest are…

Fátima Enes (Portugal)

Lucie Cupalová (Czech Republic)