The Dance of Shiva is a practice with many potential benefits.
Physically it offers the chance for you to balance the left and right sides of your upper body.
If you habitually tend to use one arm or one side of your body because of the nature of your work or sport or other activity, dance of shiva can help you to balance the sides of your upper body.
If you are already noticing the ill effects of too much unbalanced activity, dance of shiva may help you in returning to a more even keel.
It may also help to prevent excessive imbalance in the first place.
To create balance between the sides of your upper body, focus as much as possible on feeling the positions and movements.
You could for example, focus on feeling your shoulder blades and the muscles that stabilize them.
Do both sides feel the same? If not, See if you can correct the imbalance.
If you can't fix the problem with a slight adjustment, then the problem may lie somewhere else. But in either case, noticing where and when you feel imbalances is a first step towards fixing them.
Because the movements are clearly defined and very close to the limits of most peoples range of movement, improving your ability to do the movements may create changes in the brain, particular in creating balance between the corresponding parts of the part of the brain that controls your muscles and between the corresponding parts that sense your muscles.
As with creating balance between the sides of the body, when working towards doing the positions and movements as defined, you can focus on particular parts of your body.
For example, you can try bending your ribcage and thoracic spine to make it easier to move the shoulders which then makes it easier to move your hands in a particular way.
Learning new ways to move has to have an effect on the brain. And if you both analyze the potential ways to move, and focus on feeling them, you exercise your brain in these two different modes.
One way to think of these two modes is that:
With Dance of Shiva you can practice thinking clearly (that's the "imaginary" aspect). You can also practice sensing and controlling your body in real time (the "real" component). These could be thought of as "complementary" mental modes and dance of shiva can be used to exercise them both.
The difference between dance of shiva and other movement practices like tai ji is that each movement and position is clearly defined and easy to recognize. And because the movements and positions are very simple (but challenging), it’s very easy to self-teach.
And that's a pretty big benefit.
This isn’t to say that dance of shiva is a “better practice” than, say, Tai Ji, but it does lend itself particularly well to self-learning.
So one of the other benefits of the Dance of Shiva is that not only is it easy to teach yourself the dance of shiva, doing it and understanding it can make it easier to teach yourself other things.
One of the key ideas to recognize in this regard is that all of the positions and movements are clearly defined. And they all relate to each other. And they where all created by breaking down two simple arm movements.
If you understand that:
Then you have the basic tools for learning.
Another benefit of the dance of shiva is that:
The basic positions and movements of the dance of the dance of shiva are easy to memorize.
And if you remember the direction of the forward movement, the names of the movements are easy to figure out too (even if you forget).
So it's a self contained practice that you can easily carry with you.
That's when you can get into the the Flow mind state.
The flow is a magical state of mind where time (and thinking) seems to stop. To get into the flow while practicing, it helps if you practice little bits at a time.
Dance of shiva lends itself to flowing because the movement sets are easy to break down.
Based on what you already know, you can pick movement sets that allow you to practice without thinking.
As you memorize more and more movements, you can work towards staying in the flow while practicing movement sets with more and more movements.
Rather than wondering which move is next, you know which move is next, and if you have problems with that movement you can focus on finding a way to do the move as easily as possible.
What book? "The Dance of Shiva Guide to Learning, Creativity and Balance" ebook (pdf/mobi/epub)?
No you don't.
I learned dance of shiva without it. Actually, what I learned is the basis for this book. And all it is, is simply all the basic movements categorized and organized so that they are easier to practice.
So you definitely don't need this book if you want to try and do all that work yourself.
It is actually rewarding in it's own right.
But some of us like apple computers because we want to get on with doing the work we really want to do. And in that same mindset, if you are more interested in just getting on with practicing the dance of shiva, perhaps as a supplement to other exercises, then the book includes a lot of theory, and a lot of tables and pictures to make learning and practicing as easy as possible.
While I'd strongly suggest not becoming reliant on the videos (train your memory), doing the movements as a sort of "follow along" may be helpful in the beginning. And so to that end, there are videos you can buy also.
To get the full benefit of the dance of shiva, you have to memorize the basic positions and movements.
And you could think of that as another benefit, it gets you used to memorizing and can be used to demonstrate that memorization isn’t really that difficult.
In addition, memorizing something like the dance of shiva builds a framework within your brain. That framework can be used to store further knowledge about the dance of shiva and in turn, helps in providing a framework for the retrieval of memories.
Yet another benefit of the dance of shiva is that it teaches you how to play within a set of limits (you could think of the positions and the movements between them as "limits") so that you can be free within them.
One way to define Creativity is that it is the ability to work freely within a set of limits.
Without limitation there is no creativity, unless you use creativity to first create the limits within which you want to play within. And that perhaps is the ultimate benefit of the dance of shiva.
Even if you only understand and practice a few movements of the dance of shiva, you can benefit from that practice if you take from it the understanding and ability to create limits, and recognize them, so that you can play within them.
The Dance of Shiva Ebook provides a look at all possible movement combinations.
The Dance of Shiva Video sets have been edited so that you can watch the movements (and do them) while at the same time see the movements displayed to the right of the screen.
Colored backgrounds are used to clearly indicate a new set of movements.
The videos have been designed to make learning dance of shiva easier. However, I’d also recommend not becoming reliant on the videos. Do the work and memorize the positions little bits at a time.Buy: The Dance of Shiva ebook ($22.00)
Or order directly on the gumroad page.
Once you've ordered, you'll be able to download this book in pdf, epub or mobi format (you get access to all three formats for one price!)
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Use these links for details of each of the videos.
Note that the videos come with no special instructions, they are just videos of the movements at a slow and consistant pace.
Here's a sample:
Below are links to the product page for each video.
I'd strongly suggest buy one set of videos at a time. You may find that once you've got the hang of a few of the movements, you don't need the help of the videos to learn further movements. And that's part of the reason the set of videos below is incomplete. It's enough to get you started. Further movement combinations are simply recombinations of single arm movements that you already know.