One of my intents is to share my understanding of the dance of shiva in such a way that it is easy to learn.
But also I like to teach this cognitive flexibility practice because I believe it captures the essence of thinking, learning and flowing.
In dance of shiva the basics are relatively simple to learn though not necessarily easy to do. That means you have to focus.
But rather than rushing through, focus on learning them little bits at a time. You can take this information inside of you, and as a result learn to do it without having to think. These basic positions and basic movements then become the building blocks for more complicated patterns.
Check out these Dance of Shiva Video Lessons for lessons on the basic positions and movements using one arm at a time.
One of the things that I like to do when doing and teaching the dance of shiva is use the same information in different situations.
As an example, there are 8 basic movements using one arm. The movements connect one basic position to another.
This same terminology can be used to describe a position where both hands are being used. Using the left arm as a reference, position 1-2 could be thought of as the right arm (in position 2) being a Forward move ahead of the left arm (in position 1).
1-2 or 1-Forward (or 1-F). While this terminology can be cumbersome to say, what it does is provide a means of recognizing the relationship between the arms. We can then see if the relationship between the arms changes as both arms move or if that relationship remains the same. This then gives us a memory aid to make learning new movements easier.
One of the main reasons I like to do dance of shiva is to practice getting into the flow.
I understand the flow as a state of mind where we aren't thinking. Instead our awareness is focused on sensing information and responding to that information.
With dance of shiva I practice flowing by memorizing what I am trying to do. That memorization is easier when I focus on learning little bits at a time.
When I focus on repeating little bits at a time I find that not only is dance of shiva easier too learn, but that I get into the flow while learning.
Once a set of movements has been learned the goal then is to be able to do those movements in any situation while maintaining the flow state.
For a reference on all the basic Dance of Shiva movement combinations check out The Dance of Shiva Ebook.
It's available as a PDF, epub or mobi file.
It's also available on Amazon.
And check here for the latest dance of shiva learning and flowing aids.
One of the keys to learning quickly and efficiently is to get feedback quickly. With instant feedback it's easy to see mistakes and correct them. It's also easy to see when you are correct.
When I first started practicing sequences of movements the sequences I initially used had to be repeated four times in order to return to the start position.
This means you have to build in a lot of "checks" to see if you are doing the movements correctly.
I've now begain focusing on Dance of Shiva Zero Sets. These are sequences of four movements that have to be done only one time in order to return to the start. (There are "zero repeats.")
The current sequence of movements that I practice is:
0-F, T-T, C-C, CT-CF.
As an example, starting from 1-1:
Currently I practice using 2x16 different starting positions in the following order:
You may find it helpful to practice the movements individually first. Here are the videos:
C-C: Double Change Video
CT-CF: CT-CF Video.