Upcoming Events


Transformative Qigong for Women – Online!

Next series: November 2 – 30, 2021

Details and sign up here: https://annya-ishtara-dance.com/transformative-qigong/


Alchemical Belly Dance – Online!

Next series: Fall, 2021

Details and sign up at: https://annya-ishtara-dance.com/alchemical-belly-dance/



Belly Dance and Qigong: What’s the Connection?


Belly dance, from the Middle East, and qigong, from China, are two ancient traditions from two different cultures, which may, at first glance, seem unrelated.

However, both of them have the power to be very rejuvenating and healing. They both have important internal energetic and external movement components that contribute to greater health and joy.

A number of fundamental belly dance movements naturally enhance the energy flows of the body that we work with in qigong. And in fact some basic belly dance moves are actually qigong practices!



I wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying your classes. Combining the qigong with the belly dancing is amazing. I have been taking dance classes off and on for almost 20 years, and this is the first one where I feel completely in my body. And I have developed more core strength in the last month than with any other exercise I’ve done. I am very grateful for all that you offer.

Luz Sweet

Taos, NM

So Why Would You Want to Do Belly Dancing?


In short, it’s fun!

And here are a few more reasons why you would want to do belly dance:

  • Cultivate your feminine mystery and mystique
  • Increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and energy levels
  • Celebrate your womanly curves in a dance form that embraces all body types – including yours!
  • Tap into and feel more comfortable with your sensuality
  • Dance to beautiful, exotic music while wearing sparkly, jingly costumes in a rejuvenating outlet that is just for you
  • Relieve stress, anxiety, and tension, and increase your confidence

Belly dance also makes you smarter, stronger, and more coordinated!

Click here for class schedule and information.






Annya Ishtara’s veil dance creates beautiful cascades of wafting colors that seem to magically outline the musical contours in real time.  She can entice you and your floating fabric friend to soar together in partnership as well.  Her veil work is based on breath, fined tuned technique, and a high sense of aesthetics.  Her profound body awareness and warm personality give her classes grounding rare in the dance world.  Annya is a vibrant, conscientious and kind teacher in person or online.

Meg York, Musician

Denver, CO, www.MegYork.com


And What About Qigong?





My Transformative Qigong for Women classes are sacred connection to self and all of life. They are all about chi, or life force energy, because that’s where the juice is! That’s what really makes these practices effective, and often, more enjoyable.

Qigong is a body of ancient practices from China that have been used for thousands of years to increase health and well being, as well as to build internal power, and even attain enlightenment.

I offer qigong classes especially for women in order to focus on the particular needs of women so that women can get optimum benefits from their qigong practice.

Click here for more about qigong classes especially for women.

For most of my life I didn’t have a healthy masculine presence so I had to be my own man, and stifle my feminine side. In fact I came to believe femininity was a weakness to be purged. But that was harming me in the long run. Annya’s classes have been an important tool in reclaiming that side of myself and in healing overall. Now I move in the world differently and I notice men wanting to be “the man” and do nice things for me much more, plus I feel better in my body. I’ve even changed the way I dress. These classes are a great investment.


Santa Fe, NM