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Because the brain controls the body, balancing the sides of the body with an exercise like dance of shiva can 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 shiva can affect the brain is that there is both an imaginary component to the dance of shiva as well as a real component.
• The imaginary component is the arbitrary positions and movements that make up the dance of shiva.
• The real component involves feeling and controlling your body as you actually do the movements.
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” aspects of the brain and dance of shiva can be used to exercise them both.
(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 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.
Chakra Yoga is also called Laya Yoga. Chanting according to the neutral, up and down notes matters.
FROM 1ST-10TH OF THE MONTH
Get into the Flow Mind State While Learning
We start with Anuloma Viloma and abdominalbreath awareness in Savasana followed by Pawanmuktasana Part 1 series which is anti-rheumatic and then we master the basic movements and forward movement and backward.
Yet another benefit of the dance of shiva is 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.)
We conclude with Yoga Nidra.
- REGULAR YOGI
FROM 11th to 20th OF THE MONTH
Providing Yourself with a Container for Your Expression
We start with pawanmuktasana part 2 digestive abdominal series and then do Shashankasana,Suptavajrasana, padmasana and matsyasana. We then master the change forward and transquarter movement.
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.
We conclude with sheetali, sheetkari and brahamari. We practice Antar Mauna.
- COMMITTED YOGI
FROM 21st TO 30th OF THE MONTH
We start with Vajrasana (part 3) Shakti Bandhas and Shashankasana and suptaVajrasana. We can practice gomukhasana, marjari asana rajjukarshanasana and ekpada pranamasana. We move to transquarter change and learn the flow using Dance of Shiva. We conclude with mahamritunjaya mantra.
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.
We work with the dance of Shiva.
Dance of Shiva is a system of conscious liberation. It is an ancient yogic art which uses synchronized movements of arms and legs to create powerful flows of life energy. As the movements become increasingly complex, the practitioner is challenged to develop increasing conscious control of these energy flows, with beneficial physical, mental and spiritual results.