A Guide to Learning, Creativity
The Dance of Shiva is a practice with many potential benefits.
The ebook (pdf/
mobi/epub) explains the positions and movements Dance of Shiva and how to learn them. Optional videos can make learning the movements a little bit easier.
Why might you want to learn and practice the Dance of Shiva?
Create Physical Balance
Physically it offers the chance for you balance the left and right sides of your upper body.
If you habitually tend to use one arm because of the nature of your work or sport or other activity,
danceof shivacan help you to balance the sides of your upper body. Imbalanceisn’t necessarily a bad thing but too much of it may lead to problems.
If you are already noticing the ill effects of too
much unbalancedactivity, danceof shivamay help you in returning to a more even keel. It may also help to prevent excessive imbalance in the first place. NeuralogialBalance?
Because the brain controls the body, balancing the sides of the body with an exercise like
danceof shivacan have an effect on the brain.
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.
Another way that dance of
shivacan affect the brain is that there is both an imaginary component to the dance of shivaas well as a real component.
- The imaginary component is the arbitrary positions and movements that make up the dance of
- The real component involves feeling and controlling your body as you actually do the movements.
With Dance of
Shivayou can practice thinking clearly (that's the "imaginary" aspect). You can also practice sensing and controllingyour body in real time (the "real" component). These could be thought of as "complementary" aspects of the brain and dance of shivacan be used to exercise them both.
It's Easy To Teach Yourself
The difference between dance of
shivaand 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 so clearly defined, it’s very easy to self-teach.
This isn’t to say that dance of
shivais a “better practice” than, say, Tai Ji, but it does lend itself particularly well to self-learning.
There is a proviso though.
(There is Some Memory Work to Do Though!)
You have to memorize the basic positions and movements.
And that’s actually another benefit of the dance of
shiva. It gets you used to memorizingand can be used to demonstrate that memorization isn’t really that difficult.
In addition, memorizing something like the dance of
shivabuilds a framework within your brain. That framework can be used to store further knowledge about the dance of shivaand in turn, helps in providing a framework for the retrieval of memories.
Get into the Flow Mind State While Learning
Yet another benefit of the dance of
shivais that the movements are very easy to break down into practice sets, and if you’ve memorized the basic positions and movements, it is very easy to practice these sets from memory.
The benefit of practicing from memory, as opposed to practicing while looking at a book or while watching a video, is that you can focus on doing the movements instead of thinking about how to do them.
That's when you can get into the flow.
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. (A Key to "Flowing" is not worrying about mistakes while you are practicing. )
Providing Yourself with a Container for Your Expression
If there aren’t problems, then you can focus on making the moves as smooth and fluid and as cool looking as possible. But instead of empty “coolness”, this will be real coolness because by being present (not thinking) while doing the moves you are expressing your true self at that moment.
It doesn’t matter in this case if the movements are perfect, what does matter is that you are expressing yourself using the movements as a vehicle for your expression.
Yet another benefit of the dance of
shivais 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.
limitationthere 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 Ebook (all you really need)
The Dance of Shiva Ebook provides a look at all possible movement combinations.
- It includes movement maps with a picture of each arm position for a set of movements.
- And it includes movement tables for all movements.
These are simple grids of sequences of movements. As you get more comfortable with the movements and positions, the tables provide a quick reference for each set of movements.
The Videos (Designed to Make Learning Easy, and Priced To Inspire You to Do the Work)
The Dance of Shiva Video sets
havebeen edited so that you can watch the movements (and do them) while at the same time see the movements displayed on the right side of the screen.
Colored backgrounds are used to clearly indicate a new set of movements.
The videos have been designed to make learning the Dance of Shiva easier.
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