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    Lesson 2, Forward Movement

    Lesson 2a, B-B

    Lesson 2 focuses on the Forward movements of the dance of shiva. Because both arms are moving forwards you can think of this movement as the double Forwards or F-F.

    In the first set you repeat the F-F movement four times taking the arms through the four positions where both hands are horizontal:

    • 1-1
    • 2-2
    • 3-3
    • 4-4

    and return to 1-1.

    In the second set you repeat the F-F movement four times but this time through the four positions where both hands are vertical:

    • a-a
    • b-b
    • c-c
    • d-d

    and back to a-a

    Because this movement takes the arms on a tour through four different positions it's called a Cyclic movement.

    The opposite of this movement, covered in Lesson 2a is the Double Backwards movement.

    In the B-B movement the arms move through the same positions but in the reverse order.

    Single Movement Definition

    A movement joins any two dance of shiva positions. What you are going to be practicing is a sequence of movements. In this case the sequence is four repetitions of the F-F move.

    Because it is a seqeunce you can start at any of the above four positions. In fact, I would recommend it. Start at 1-1, repeat the F-F move four times, then rest. Then start at 2-2 and repeat four times etc.

    The Basic Shivanata Starting Position

    The basic starting posture Dance of Shiva movements is:

    • Feet shoulder width apart, parallel, knees slightly bent.
    • Pull the head back and up to lengthen your neck and at the same time allow your chest to lift.
    • Let your arms hang down by your side.

    The first part of moving into nearly all positions is spreading the shoulder blades. From there, allow the movement to ripple out through the elbows and then the hands.

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    Doing the movements

    When doing the movements focus on making your movements smooth and fluid. Feel your shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands as you do the move. Remember the feeling of each position from lesson 1. Work at moving into the feeling of each position.

    F-F Movement w/Hands Horizontal

    For all of these dance of shiva forward movements, work at keeping your hands horizontal. When moving from 1-1 to 2-2, roll your upper arms inwards. Moving from 2-2 to 3-3 roll upper arms inwards even further, and roll yoru forearms inwards at the elbows aswell.

    From 3-3 to 4-4 it can be challenging to keep your hands horizontal. Focos on shoulders and elbows. Work on rolling upper arm outwards but keep your forearm rolled inwards.

    From 4-4 to 1-1 upper arms roll outwards.

    Practice this set of movements 5 times, then rest.

    dance of shiva position 1-1 reardance of shiva position 2-2 reardance of shiva position 3-3 reardance of shiva position 4-4 rear

    Connect the positions using the F-F move. After 4-4, return back to 1-1 (not shown.)

    Barefoot Yoga

    F-F Movement w/Hands Vertical

    As with the horizontal dance of shiva positions, you can use the forward move to move through the vertical positions. However, for these positions, work at keeping your palms facing outwards.

    From a-a to b-b bend the elbows and move the forearms downwards and then back, towards the chest.

    From b-b to c-c, move the forearms up and forwards (brush the chin). You can end with the hands at shoulder height, or you can have them lower as in the picture. If positioning the hands lower, move the elbows downwards as you move your forearms.

    From c-c to d-d, keep the elbows straight and swing the arms down and back. Lift your shoulders slightly and move your shoulder blades inwards as you do so.

    From d-d to a-a again, keep your elbows straight. Move your arms upwards and forwards to finish where you started, in dance of shiva position 1-1.

    Practice this set of movements 5 times, then rest.

    dance of shiva position a-a reardance of shiva position b-b reardance of shiva position c-c reardance of shiva position d-d rear

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