The Dance of Shiva is a practice that can help 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 get used to using the other side of your body. It can help you balance both strength and flexibility. It can also help you improve coordination on both sides of the 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 can also be used help prevent excessive imbalance in the first place.
Dance of shiva includes both symmetrical and asymmetrical movements. These movements balance help to balance both strength and flexibility in the wrists, forearms and shoulders.
Dance of Shiva can also be used to help bring balance to your lower limbs. To do this you practice with your weight centered over one foot.
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.
The positions and movements of the dance of shiva are very clearly defined. They even have simple and easy to remember names. This makes it possible for you to see the positions or movements before you do them.
To make it even easier to "know" the positions or moves before you do them you can also say the name of the position you are moving into.
Because positions and movements are so clearly defined, it is also very easy to break series of dance of shiva movements into smaller series of movements.
This can be very important if you have a movement that you are having problems with.
You can practice the movement in relative isolation, then once it is improved sufficiently you can practice it in the context of other moves.
Another benefit of the clearly defined movements and positions of the dance of shiva is that it makes it very easy to teach yourself.
To that end, the very first step of the dance of shiva is learning the names of the basic positions and movements. There are only 8 positions for each arm and 7 movements between them. Once you've learned these, the dance of shiva is simply practicing the combinations of these movements and positions.
Another potential 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 were all created by breaking down two simple arm movements.
If you want to learn anything the simple trick is breaking down that something into clearly defined parts that you can practice and "re-assemble" inside of yourself.
Another benefit of the dance of shiva is that you can practice it anywhere. And if you've memorized the 8 basic positions and 7 basic movements you have all the tools you need to create your own practices.
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.
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. You learn about creating limits 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.
You can buy the videos separately or along with the Dance of Shiva ebooks.
Videos can be streamed or downloaded. Downloaded videos are in MP4 format. I'd suggest using VLC..Buy: The Dance of Shiva ebook/videos/ebooks and videos($22.00/$40.00/$48.00)
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