Three possible benefits of practicing dance of shiva include:
Physically, dance of shiva uses 8 positions for each arm. These positions strengthen the wrists and shoulders near their ends of range of movement. The movements between the positions further strengthen them.
Because the positions (and movements) are clearly defined, doing them it is easy to detect imbalances between the arms. You can then work towards balancing them.
In this age of smarter devices and the possible advent of AI, learning to learn is more important than ever. (At least that’s what I think.)
Dance of shiva is made up of clearly defined positions that in turn define the movements that connect them. It is thus easy to break down dance of shiva into smaller elements, and it is also easy to recombine movements into larger elements. In terms of learning, the ability to break down dance of shiva and practice little bits at a time is something that we can apply to anything that we want to learn.
One aspect of learning effectively is that you can practice small enough chunks of dance of shiva movements. The idea is to make the chunks small enough that you don’t have to think while practicing. You practice till a movement is learned, then you learn the next bit, then you glue the bits you’ve practiced together. In this way you not only learn the movements, you practice flowing (not thinking while doing) at the same time.
Applying this to learning other things one aspect is learning to create clear definitions so that then you can not only break what you are learning into smaller bits, you can then practice small bits at a time. But make the bit small enough that you don’t have to think while practicing. There may be problems in the chunk you are practicing, but because the chunk is so small you can focus on that single problem.
Creativity is another idea that Dance of Shiva can help with. It started with smooth spiral movements. You could do these movements in a forwards or backwards direction. But by breaking each spiral into four positions each, there is now the possibility of joining points that would otherwise have been missed. The idea of breaking things down into elements creates possibility. It creates.
While practicing dance of shiva, you might start of with forward and backward moves. After a while you exhaust the possibilities. so what is next? You then learn transquarters, joining non-adjacent positions.
Simply put, by creating clearly defined positions the possibility of new movements is created. To create new movements either add more positions or change the positions you are using.
I find myself in my own yoga practice and in my classes constantly coming up with new ways to do the same exercises just because of this idea of clearly defining actions and then choosing how I combine them. And that came from the dance of shiva and practicing different movements and combinations of movements from different clearly defined positions.
As for the idea of breaking things down to learn them, I actually picked that up from learning to paint Chinese characters. However, Dance of Shiva is important in this regard because you don't have to be interested in painting Chinese characters in order to practice breaking things down. Dance of Shiva provides an easy to learn context so that you can practice breaking things down.
Dance of Shiva Cyclic movements have to be repeated four times in order to return to the start. Cyclic movements with one arm include: Forward, Backward, changeForward and changeBackward (F, B, cF, cB).
This set of videos includes basic combinations of these movements: F-F, B-B, F-B, B-F, cF-cF, cB-cB, cF-cB, cB-cF.
It includes 16 videos of 2 minutes or less, each one focusing on one of these movements.
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The seated get up is a way of getting into the one legged squat from a seated position. Even if you aren't interested in one leg squats this video does include tips on stabilizing the knees (at about the 5 minute mark.) Usual muscle activations for knee stability might include the quads, the hamstrings or any of the glutes. This looks at another set of muscles all together. If you like the video or find it helpful, please do share it! Thanks!
Some tips for learning how to do deep squats (without weight). The first tip is on how to stay balanced while squatting.
How do you learn the body weight safely? How do you work towards this pose even if you aren't sure if you are capable of doing it.
Basic yoga poses: standing, sitting, arm balances, binds, twists, inversions, back bending, front bends.
Scapular stabilization becomes a little bit harder when working agains the weight of the body. It can be easier to learn if you gradually increase the amount of body weight the scapular stabilizer muscles are working againsts..
Some hip flexor strengthening exercises.
These yoga poses can be used as arm strengthening exercises.
Turn yoga poses into leg strengthening exercises using floor pressing actions, leverage and friction.
One way of finding and fixing hip problems is to do standing hip strengthening exercises while balancing on one leg.
Knee anatomy for yoga teachers looks at the bones and muscles that comprise the back of the knee in simple terms.
Working towards a kneeling quadriceps stretch you first need to be able to kneel. If you have difficulty kneeling, you may find it helps to activate your quadriceps.
When doing quadriceps stretching it may help to activate and then relax your quadriceps in these standing, lunging, pigeon and supine yoga pose variations.
Some exercises and yoga poses for working towards a lying quadriceps stretch one leg at a time.
What are the benefits of the Dance of Shiva? Arm strength and balance, learning to learn and improving creativity.
This yoga routine video is designed to help you strengthen your arms and legs via the use of friction and pressure. It also teaches you how to become more aware of your body.
The transverse abdominis muscle can be broken down into three parts. Transverse abdominal exercises can thus affect the SI Joint, lumbar spine and the lower portion of the ribcage.
To improve the resiliency of your knees it can help to exercise them in a variety of positions. The following yoga poses can be used as knee strengthening exercises. The trick is to activate your knees while doing them.
Learn to consciously control your quads and hip flexors with Conscious Muscle Control: Quads and Superficial Hip Flexors. This downloadable video course teaches you how to feel and activate your quadriceps (the vastus muscles) as well as the rectus femoris, tensor fascae latae and sartorius muscles.
For any calf stretch you have to bend your ankle forwards to stretch the soleus and/or gastrocnemius. How you bend the ankle forwards can make the stretch more or less effective.
Yoga for flexibility with stretches for the hips, quads, hamstrings, glutes, psoas, shoulders and arms. These yoga stretches are designed to improve flexiblity.