Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, community members have been gathering around spiritual, religious and holistic health similarities to experience their shared passions for their beliefs and lifestyles. Through these traditions, the New Age Movement was formed.
Today, individuals are taking a serious look into their religious affiliation, spiritual background and health as a form of their lifestyle. Does this mean the New Age Movement has returned? Or has the New Age Movement been taking place since the 18th century?
Though the New Age Movement has many parts associated to its long history, many of the traditions of this movement became active again in the 1960s. Today, in 2012, the patterns of this movement still remain. Community members are seeking holistic lifestyles and are engaging in various practices. One of the newest practices stems from Colombia, South America. Bringing different religious and cultural dances/routines together, Zumba is an expression of various backgrounds coming together through fitness and health.
All across the world individuals are partaking in the newest “New Age Movement” exercise called Zumba. Zumba is an exhilarating and upbeat approach to living a holistic lifestyle. Community members have formed Zumba classes to achieve better health through these classes and the support to maintain a healthy balance in other areas of their lives.
For many community members, Zumba has become a way of life. Zumba classes have formed at local churches, city buildings and fitness centers. From children to elderly, Zumba has changed health for the better.
“I attend three to four Zumba classes a week with different instructors,” said Kathy Woeste. “Zumba is a fun and motivational way to maintain my holistic lifesyle of attending church, eating healthy and keeping my mind, body and sprit on a comfortable level.”
Zumba has been a growing program since the 1990s. Right now it’s in more than 75 countries and classes are taking place in over 50,000 locations. With a variety of cultural backgrounds, Zumba incorporates traditional, spiritual and cultural dances from different denominations. By viewing this video, one can see an example of the integration of cultural customs and norms into a Zumba routine.
“Zumba has impacted my health through the energetic offering that other exercise classes do not have,” said Zumba student Kandy Ohara.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a latin-based fitness program that was formed by “accident.” Alberto “Beto” Perez, a resident of Cali, Colombia, is the founder of Zumba Fitness. He was teaching fitness classes in Colombia and forgot to bring his music to class with him one day. He grabbed some music from his backpack and started to move to the music. Focusing on the movements of the body and the healthy aspects of the class, Zumba Fitness was formed.
Zumba Fitness has a mission that states “At Zumba Fitness LLC, our vision is to fill the world’s empty rooms with Zumba® classes. Working hand-in-hand with our most dedicated Zumba Instructors (called ZIN™ members), together, our goal is to spread the philosophy of health and happiness and of loving everything you do, especially your workout.” This mission keeps each Zumba class on the same track and toward a better lifestyle. This video gives more of an example of the Zumba missin.
Zumba helps individuals get on a healthy track and maintain their healthy lifestyle. The sprit and working of the inner core is the main ingredient to living a holistic life. The holistic lifestyle approach, which stems from the New Age Movement, can be achieved through puzzle pieces of choices. Not only does the individual better their body through exercise, but their spiritual/religious and eating habits are taken into account.
What does a Zumba class look like?
Each class begins with a warm up dance and then it follows with 45 minutes of Zumba dancing. Zumba dances are a mixture of cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip hop music, axé music and tango. Each of these dances originated from a country that traditionally dances to these songs in their everyday praises. The classes end with stretching and meditation techniques.
“I lost 150 pounds from Zumba!” said instructor Samantha Ward of northern Kentucky. “It’s a great energetic hobby that is out of the box and helps every Zumba member live a holistic lifestyle.”
One of the unique aspects of Zumba is the age verity of students. There are classes for children and even the elderly. The goal of Zumba is to integrate a fun and healthy spin on life no matter what the age is of the participant.
- Zumba Gold– This class targets the elderly community members. Those that are physically limited or aren’t use to working out on a daily basis, can try this exercise format.
- Zumbatonic– A class geared toward children. The moves are simplified and adapted to the age of the children participating.
Kristi Bishop, regular Zumba student, said, “I feel 100% better about myself when I Zumba!”
Zumba is an example of a current practice that relates to the origins of the New Age Movement. Through other exercise classes, such as aerial yoga, meditations, religious affiliations and a strong focus on the mind, body and spirit, community members are partaking in various aspects of this continuous movement.
“New Agers continue to find value in practices such as meditation, yoga, holistic medicine, and astrology,” claims Explore Astrology. “It is estimated that as many as 20% of all Americans still seek comfort in some type of New Age belief.”
Are you part of this culture? Do you believe the New Age Movement returned? or has been here since the 18th century?