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Hi folks, and welcome to my website! I'm Despina - thanks for visiting. I'm a Sydney-based Bellydance teacher and performer, Yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, writer, and animal rights activist.

Writing is my passion, and (drum roll, please!), I've just had my first book published. It's called Quick Meditations For Workaholics, and the electronic copy is just $2.99 (AUD). Click here or on the image below to read more, and for links to some of the online bookshops where it’s sold. Also, if you have a moment, please write a quick review of my book from the site you buy it from - reviews are very helpful. Thanks in advance!

Quick Meditations For Workaholics

You can also see my list of published work on the Writing page, and read some of my work here:

Animal lovers, you will be interested in viewing the film Earthlings. It's is an excellent way to get an overview of the current situation of animals in our world. If you're concerned about what you see in this film, you can do something about it by going vegan. You might ask why veganism is the answer, and why changing laws or methods of killing isn't. A fair question, which you'll find answers to here: Animal Q&A.

Click here or on the image below to see the film.
(Disclaimer: while I think Earthlings is valuable in giving an overview of animal use, I don't necessarily endorse all views and opinions otherwise stated by the filmmaker Shaun Monson.)

WARNING: this film contains graphic imagery.earthlings
WARNING: this film contains graphic imagery.

For those of you who have a dog in your family, check out my FREE online book by clicking here: Little Dog In A Big City. I also have a Dog Blog. Check it out:

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I started performing Bellydance in 1995, and teaching in 1997. In 1998, I started my own school, Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance. I worked very hard and quickly created one of the biggest Bellydance schools in Sydney. Then in 2007 I added Yoga and Pilates to my teaching repertoire.  

You can learn Bellydance, Yoga, or Pilates with me even if you're not in Australia, as I can teach via Skype. Click here for more information on classes, and try some of the short videos on this site to get a taster. When you feel ready to begin learning with me, contact me directly.  

Have a look at my Photos page for Yoga photos and Bellydance photos. There's also a Videos page with animal rights videos, Yoga videos, Pilates videos, and Bellydance videos. Below is one of the Bellydance videos as a taster:

 

This site was designed by Maria Harding
of Colourful Ideas Graphic Design

going vegan 101
Click on the above image, or here to access the eBrochure 'Going Vegan 101'.

Bellydance Sydney
Try Bellydance classes for fun and fitness!

Little Dog In A Big City
This is my FREE online book: Little Dog In A Big City.

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Find out more about veganism by clicking here: Animals, Animal Thoughts, and Animal Videos.

doggie love
I care about animals and that's why I'm vegan. In this photo I'm going nose to nose with my little angel, the late Jordan (RIP). Read about my journey to veganism here: My Animal History.

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Plank Pose - a classic in both Yoga and Pilates. I have some basic Pilates classes on the Pilates videos page. You can also see Yoga postures on the Yoga photos page, plus Yoga chants and Yoga classes on the Yoga videos page.

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Hard at work on the computer! See my list of published work on the Writing page, and check out my FREE online book by clicking here: Little Dog In A Big City.

Read my articles by clicking on the below links:
Animal articles

Dog Blog
Bellydance articles
Pilates articles
Yoga articles

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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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