Friday, February 25, 2011

Sayuntis: Belly Dance in Pregnancy

Who would have thought that soon-to-be moms are now practicing belly dancing? Welcome to the ancient art of seductive shimmying—for pregnant women! Sayuntis or Sayaw ng Buntis was coined and pioneered by Dr. Fay Cagayan, an obstetrics-gynecologist from the UP PGH. She is also a belly dancing instructor at Rhythms Studio in Manila where they offer Sayuntis.

Sayuntis combines belly dance, yoga and other fun routines for pregnant women. It involves deep concentration, abdominal movement and isolation of muscles like those usually taught in childbirth preparation classes only in a much more enjoyable way. It incorporates many indigenous dances like the pangalay, a native dance of the Samal and Tau Sug communities in Jolo during the pre-Islamic and pre-Christian times. Sayuntis also adapts the principle of Hara which means belly in Japanese. Thus, routines performed by Sayuntis emphasizes that the core of all movements is the baby inside the mother. Lastly, Sayuntis incorporates the for elements of nature—Hampas sa Lupa (pelvic movements), Kumpas ng Hangin (hand movements), Agos ng Batis (undulations) and Alab ng Apoy (shimmy).
However, Sayuntis is more than just getting a good workout because mothers-to-be get to have fun while dancing to help make labor easier. Also, it draws out the individual’s inner beauty, taps into a woman’s femininity and helps remind mothers-to-be that pregnancy is both a wonderful and an empowering experience.
 Dr. Ma. Stephanie Fay S. Cagayan graduated from the UP College of Medicine in 1993 and is an obstetrician and gynecologist and a fellow of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. She is currently an associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology in UPCM. She also teaches Pharmacology for Nursing and Dentistry and Obstetrics for UP Manila Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students. She also lectures on pharmacology and toxicology to medical students of different schools such as San Beda College of Medicine, Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also a belly dancing instructor and a firm believer of the healing power of dance.

Want to know more about Sayuntis from Dr. Cagayan herself? Join the National Medical Students' Conference 2011 to learn from Dr. Cagayan and other noted specialists in the medical field about how we can all become Five-Star Physicians. Click here to learn more about the conference, and know how you can register today!


  1. it's awesome that belly dancing is getting more attention back home - but please don't refer to it as "seductive shimmying." Belly dance isn't and was never meant to seduce. Don't let Hollywood feed you those kinds of ideas. Belly dancing has always been taught as a way to overcome the difficulties of childbirth, and as an art that should stand on its own merit.

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