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    2014 Apr 17
    Creating Possibility

    The goal of the dance of shiva is to learn how to connect each position to every other position.

    We connect positions using movements. Since there are 64 positions, there are 64x64 individual movements in all. (This includes the option where the arms do a zero move.)

    By gradually learning all of the movements, we maximize possibility in the Dance of Shiva.

    Options versus Habits

    If we only know and practice one type of move, then what we have is a habit.

    However, as we learn more and more moves, and can move freely from one position to any other position, we no longer have a habit, instead we have options. We can choose where we move to from each position.

    Another way to think of movements is as patterns.

    By practicing dance of shiva you may find that you notice your habitual patterns. If you notice them you can then work at changing them. You can work at breaking your habits, or if you like, you can look at giving yourself pattern options so that you can choose whether you smoke in reaction to stress or doing something completely different.

    (Maybe you do Dance of Shiva instead. You can practice it in as much time it takes to smoke a cigarette.)

    Creativity Comes from Knowing the Possibilities (Or Creating Them)

    Looked at in another way it is a way of practicing creativity.

    In this instance creativity is knowing what the possibilities are and choosing from among them.

    Advanced creativity can come from creating possibilities and then choosing from them.

    Create Possibility by (Re)Defining Limits

    How do you create possibility?

    By defining new sets of limits.

    That is all the dance of shiva is, a clearly defined set of limits; A clearly defined, interconnected set of positions and movement patterns.

    By practicing dance of shiva we practice recognizing limits. As a result we can get better at recognzing limits. We can also get better at defining or redefining limits as we require.

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    Conscious Muscle Control

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    Quads and Superficial Hip Flexors

    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.

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    Yoga for Flexibility

    Yoga for flexibility with stretches for the hips, quads, hamstrings, glutes, psoas, shoulders and arms. These yoga stretches are designed to improve flexiblity.

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    Calf Stretches

    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.

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    Learning to Activate Hamstrings and Glutes

    Glute and Hamstring activation can be used to compliment the quad and hip flexors for a balanced practice. Conscious Muscle Control: Hamstrings and Glutes is a video course designed to teach you how to activate your glutes and hamstrings at will. You'll also develop the ability to feel them activate and relax.

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    Learning to Activate Hamstrings and Glutes

    Glute and Hamstring activation can be used to compliment the quad and hip flexors for a balanced practice. Conscious Muscle Control: Hamstrings and Glutes is a video course designed to teach you how to activate your glutes and hamstrings at will. You'll also develop the ability to feel them activate and relax.

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    Learning to Activate your Quads and Superficial Hip Flexors

    Learn how to activate your quads and hip flexors so that you can use them at will. Conscious Muscle Control: Quads and Superficial Hip Flexors not only teaches you how to activate and relax your quads and hip flexors at will, it also teaches you how to feel when they are active and when they are relaxed. This clearly defined awareness can help you get more in touch with your body.

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    Arm Supported Yoga Poses

    Arm supported yoga poses can be used to strengthen the arms and shoulders. Includes plank, chaturanga dandasana, downward dog, dolphin pose, side plank, wheel, reverse plank, table top pose.

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    Stability in Yoga Poses

    Make your yoga poses less wobbly with less effort. Grounding and centering are two techniques for creating stability in yoga poses.

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    Exercises in Muscle Control

    Exercises in muscle control 1 teachers you how to activate and relax your knees, hips, front and back of the leg and also inner and outer thighs. These activations can be used in standing poses as leg strenghtening exercises and to improve flexiblity.

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    Transverse Abdominus Anatomy for Yoga Teachers

    The transverse abdominus muscle can affect the SI joint, lumbar and lower thoracic spine stability, used in various diaphragmatic breathing techniques and act as a tension adjuster for the rectus abdominus.

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    Effectively Activating Transverse Abdominus

    Effectively Activating Transverse Abdominus can mean better stability for the SI Joint as well as for the lumbar and lower thoracic spine.

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    Joint Pain Yoga

    Rather than fighting through joint pain here is an overview of the approach that I've used to help alleviate hip pain, knee pain or shoulder joint pain while doing yoga poses.

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    Feeling Your Center of Gravity

    Make balancing easier. Use pressure sensitivity to feel your center of gravity.

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    Camel Yoga Pose

    Camel Yoga Pose or ustrasana is a kneeling pose that can be used to stretch the hip flexors. One key action that may help in getting your pelvis forwards more is pushing your hands forwards, either against your feet or against the floor.

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    How to do Squats

    A yoga approach to how to do squats including how to stay balanced, and avoiding knee or hip pain even while going all the way down.

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    Transverse Abdominis and Sacroiliac Joint Stability

    The transverse abdominis can have an affect on sacroiliac joint stability as well as stability of the lumbar spine and the T12/L1 junction.

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    Fluid Tensegrity Joint Anatomy

    Fluid tensegrity joint anatomy looks at the tendency of the body to maintain space within the joints. The question is, how is this space maintained?

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    Why Improve Body Awareness

    Why improve body awareness? So that you can use your body more effectively and fix problems yourself when they arise.

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    Tensegrity

    How is tensegrity maintained at the joints even as the body adopts non-tensegrity postures or movements?

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    Being Present

    Why being present is the oppositve of thinking and how to utilize both modes effecively.

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    Dealing with Pain and Poor Posture

    Basic Awareness

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    Actions and Exercises

    Basic Principles for Yoga Poses