CHARACTER IN LEAD™ - Soraya Doherty
“Character in Lead” – Soraya Knight Doherty, creator of RAQISA®
Individuality encourages creative thinking and looks beyond conventions and boundaries. It is through this notion that we break misconceptions and lead the way in influencing and evolving society. Imagine if we kept doing things just because they were done a certain way “always”. A characteristic of individuality, is a valuable leadership trait. It is leading the way with your own ideas, your own sense of how things are done and enlightening the way for others.
Soraya Knight Doherty, is the creator of RAQISA®. She has great passion for the arts as well as an expertise; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and MA in the Theatre Arts. Her award winning belly dance style captures her individuality as well - she dances from the soul. In addition, she has over 15 years of teaching experience as a fitness professional. It is truly magical how she's combined her passion and her expertise and displays it all through her RAQISA® brand. She has created a patented (visual) teaching aid, which is printed onto a fitness mat, and she provides other fitness products, which allows her to train her clients to master the ancient belly dance movements with precision - so that they can enjoy the many health and fitness benefits gained by practicing RAQISA® on a regular basis and get fit with RAQISA BARRE exercises! It is a comprehensive dance and fitness solution.
RAQISA® means “female dancer” in Arabic. Soraya built her brand based on the many female relationships in her life. In particular, her mother's strength and grace...a character trait she brings to her signature workouts. These female inspirations have kept her strong and grounded, they have kept her centered. That word: centered, a sense of being in control and being capable and confident in your individuality carries through in her business mission, and her product line.
She certifies fitness and dance professionals individuals to teach and carry her brand, which makes her lead the way of expanding this ancient form of health and fitness and gives women the power to own their own health and fitness, as well as display it through art, passion, strength and confidence. She has a signature RAQISA® Barre workout which is an approved ACE, AFAA/NASM educational provider and is the only accredited Barre for Belly Dance program.
Her program provides the traditional barre experience with all the toning and sculpting benefits, plus easy to follow belly dance movements to strengthen and lengthen the core. Her products focus on the center of our body: our belly. This is where our energy centers and exudes throughout the rest of our body, influencing our overall health, mental clarity and thoughts.
There are many individuals out there who are held down, by self-doubt, by a tiny voice inside their head that holds them back from a certain venture or accomplishment, and by fear of failure. We all have it, but a strong sense of individuality commands you to stir away from those kinds of thoughts and emotions.
“It’s not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not” – Barbara Walters.
If we all stayed true to our individuality, it would encourage and influence the same behavior on others. Individuality as a character trait translates into leading from the center and influencing others. Just like a RAQISA® (a female dancer) would. She commands her dance movements from the center of her body and from the center of the dance floor, and influences and engages the mood, the gaze, and the passion of her audience and the whole room. Now that’s power!
It is through encouraging creative thinking through the artistic process, and the introduction of her products and services that with RAQISA® women can create and set new conventions and boundaries for themselves and their bodies. Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen, being centered and in the “center” is the only way to lead. No one can lead successfully from the outside. This is why her brand, her character and her products exude individuality and leadership. Focus on all counts, is on the individual and in the center of our body.
Right now, with all the emphasis in society on leadership of women, rather than limit yourself with what others define what a woman in a leadership position is, and adhering to that limited and “defined” notion, allow yourself in whatever form to lead with your own individuality. Soraya does it through RAQISA® and is not afraid to share it. Once you do it, see how it will sanction you to have a clearer sense of what you need to be a leader, to be happy, to be loving, to be caring, and to let go. Become a RAQISA® fan, and lead with your character trait of individuality!
RAQISA® in collaboration with KarakaLEAD have put together a video featuring Soraya.
Please enjoy it and I hope you take the journey with us for the upcoming month of May to make it your month of individuality, and being mindful in integrating your individuality with every interaction, every action or thought.