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Below I've included links for dance of shiva videos on youtube. For easier learning I've divided the videos into three categories.
The first category includes movements where both arms do a cyclic move. This category can be divided into two groups:
The second category includes movements where both arms do an Acylcic move. This category can be divided into two groups also:
The third category includes movements where one arm does a cylcic move and the other an acyclic move. This category can also be divided into two groups:
The following videos cover the basics of the dance of shiva.
I've divided the videos into a few different lessons.
Rather than rushing through these lessons I'd suggest taking your time. For each of the lessons take the time to absorb the information so that you can reproduce that information with your own body without having to think. As an example, when going through the first lesson take the time to learn the positions fully. Yes the positions are easy to figure out, however I would suggest learning the movements to the point that you know automatically what position 1 or d is (without having to think.)
This will be helpful when you begin practicing positions using both arms.
Likewise for the movements, practice each set of movements to the point that you can do each movement from every arm position without having to think.
To break the tedium try learning and practicing the following sets of movements:
(You could group the last three movements all together.)
One of the advantages of practicing the movements and positions one arm at a time is that you can rest one arm while the other one is working.
The final lesson in this set of lessons is a lesson on flow. The reason I suggest learning the positions and movements to the point that you don't have to think about them in order to do them is so that you can flow while doing them.
This video provides an introduction to the basics positions of the Dance of Shiva.
It starts of with some exercises to help you feel your spine and to make it feel long.
You also learn how to relax it.
By moving repeatedly between the two extremes of lengthening the spine and relaxing it you can learn to better feel your spine and control it.
You can then work towards keeping it feeling long with a minimum amount of thinking effort by maintaining the feeling of length and spaciousness.
This dance of shiva video lesson covers the Forward and Backward movements of the dance of shiva, one arm at a time.
You can practice along with the videos to begin with. I've included reminders for feeling your spine as well as your arms so that you improve body awareness and control while learning and practicing these basic movements.
This video and the next two videos cover the Transquarter, Change and ChangeTransquarter movements.
This subject of this video could be considered the point of all the previous lessons, and that is to be able to flow freely within the positions and with the movements learned so far.
Frictional muscle control helps you to strengthen your arms and legs.
If you aren't very strong, you'll learn how to get strong
and improve body awareness at the same time.
And you'll learn to use your body intelligently, even as you strengthen it.
Learn Your Body with
Frictional Arm and Leg Strength