Shiva Nata: the Dance of Shiva

Shiva Nata is brain training that kind of looks like martial arts, and acts like drugs-that-make-you-smart-and-hot.
It uses movement patterns to generate new neural connections and huge understandings that let you rewrite your patterns.
Sometimes we hate it for being so damn hard – but we get over that because Shiva Nata makes us graceful, coordinated and awesome. And because of the hot, buttered epiphanies.

Shiva Nata: odd and unexpected side effects

Got this extremely great question at the Twitter bar:

From someone who knows that it helps to say kazoo to get my attention. Though I almost missed this one!

Random question time! What is the most unexpected side-effect of the Shiva Nata dance you’ve experienced so far? (Also, kazoo :D )

So. Let’s have at it.

Odd and unexpected side effects.

Oh, there are so many.

Though if I had to choose one?

I would probably have to go with the miraculous series of understandings that allowed me to stop smoking.

Because that was really the very first big Shivanautical thing that happened to me, and it was completely unexpected and it just blew me away.

At this point, I tend to just expect all sorts of weird things, so I don’t get surprised as often. :)

What else?

The speed at which I was able to learn German was another one.

But there are others:

  • I can’t lie.
  • My weird ability to talk to monsters.
  • The way I can read the energy of a website the way acupuncturists read the qi in your body.
  • The way a pen cannot be dropped anywhere near Andrey without him catching it before it falls to the floor.
  • And pretty much every idea I have for a blog post for The Fluent Self.

What about you?

Odd and unexpected side effects?

I’m going to open this one up to the Shivanauts at large! What have you got?

It doesn’t have to be bizarre, as long as it was unexpected for you

11 Comments on “Shiva Nata: odd and unexpected side effects”

  1. Sarah Beth

    Oh I so totally have one of these! If I do my practice a couple of mornings in a row, later in the day if my mind goes into idle mode, it starts rattling off the French words for things. Ciel. Nuages. Arbre. Fleurs. Chaise. And so on. It makes me really happy because I used to be fluent but have really let it slide lately, and although the grammar is still intuitive, I get discouraged about how I can’t access the vocabulary easily enough to be able to converse comfortably. Apparently Shiva Nata is trying to tell me that belief is mistaken and it’s actually all still there, just waiting for me. *happy fuzzies of yay!*

  2. Inge
    Twitter:

    The oddest thing that happened to me was after Havi’s Berlin workshop, which to me was an unprecedented high level of blissful flailing (and failing). She was talking in German and English, all the other participants were speaking German and I was making notes in Dutch. After the workshop, being in a happy brain buzz, I was mixing up the three languages and it was very hard to say something coherent in only one language. I could almost feel my brain being rearranged, kind of like the moving stair cases in the Harry Potter movies. Odd.

    It seems like Shiva Nata really tickles the language bits in the brain!


  3. I started doing shivanata in 2008 – a few months after having a stroke. Did it once a week, at most, at first.

    Even with that little bit of it, I was able to cut out most of the drugs they had me on. Drugs for depression, sleep, anxiety, you name it – all gone. Even the headaches decreased so the vicodin intake went down, too. And I didn’t even try to quit those drugs, I simply realized that I didn’t need them any more, stopped taking them, and life was fine.

    Then, I started a regular, few-times-a-week practice in December 2009 and I noticed that my mood improves markedly on those days. On the other days, even when I don’t practice, my creative energy increases and inspiration for blog posts just comes. Granted my blog has no actual point, but it’s still cool to have things just flow out.


  4. I’ve only been practising about 6-7 weeks, and I was not expecting it to actually affect the flow of my entire day.
    I can salvage a bad day by just 3-4 minutes of Shivanata- bad things still happen, but I’m in a better position to deal wiht it.

    Hmm, maybe I should go back to my own language learning [German, Irish Gaelic & Japanese] and see if it can help me.
    Rose´s last blog ..Summer


  5. What I have to say is something a little vague, basically because I forgot the specific thing. But forgetting it was the epiphany! So it worked.

    I was really worried about something small and unimportant. I knew it was small and unimportant, and I wanted to figure out how to stop worrying.

    I did Shiva Nata with that intention. When I sat down for meditation, bam, it hit me, just don’t worry about it! It’s small and unimportant.

    But I felt how ridiculous the thing was. I laughed out loud. What I knew before intellectually, I came to understand deep in my bones.
    Eric Normand´s last blog ..I think I’m ready

  6. Dayna

    I think the most unexpected thing that has happened to me is when I let my Shivanautery slide for awhile, the ephianies still come. Dance of Shiva has so rewired my brain that I haven’t been having what I call “the brain spins”. That’s when I get so caught up in something going on in my life, usually stressful, that I can’t shut my brain off about it. Dance of Shiva has given me the ability to…not obsess, I guess is the best way of putting it. I’m able to see that if there’s nothing I can do in the moment, then I can put it aside for now. That right there, to me, was worth way more than I can say.


  7. Tree pose is much easier, which was unexpected for me only because I didn’t think about the balance thing outside of the practice itself.

    My wellness blog posts generally come from the practice. I am usually stuck on how to write something so I do Dance of Shiva, and at some point (hours or days later), something entirely new and full-formed comes up that wants to be written instead. I figured it would help me articulate things, but it does so much more.

    Someone asked me for a guest post and I had a vague idea for a post, but then I went for a walk and something entirely different wrote itself. That was unexpected.
    elizabeth´s last blog ..giveaway winners


  8. Since I started doing shiva nata, anything violent feels abhorrent to me. Not that I was a huge FAN of violence, the overt, Hollywood kind at least. Shiva nata has made me so much more sensitive. I can’t even run on the treadmill or lift heavy weights because those activities feel too violent to me. So I’ve found a trainer who is into the nonviolent workout, building intrinsic muscles, etc. And I’m catching myself in violent thought patterns toward others and myself and stopping them, and asking what need am I trying to get met here?

    As a result, I’m now taking an online class in nonviolent communication. And I think that it could be part of my Right Employment. Or at the very least it will change everything.

    The other odd side-effect is this: two weeks ago, I was walking from one session to another at a writing conference, and as I glanced at this white trash can, I had a huge, life-shattering epiphany that affects my core self image and one of the people I’ve blamed for everything from hatred of my body to disbelief in god. What happened was I saw this situation that happened between him and me 25 years ago from his point of view, and it changed everything, and I realized that I can not only forgive him, but I need to apologize to him, and also I can forgive myself for SO MUCH that has been painful for the past 25 years. What’s weird is that I hadn’t done shiva nata in a week, or maybe 10 days. But it felt like a shiva nata epiphany … a delayed reaction, I think.
    Lynn @ human, being´s last blog ..Violent offender

  9. jessie
    Twitter:

    one of the nicest side effects is that i’ve become very intuitive. before, i felt really blocked in my ability to read and even understand other people, but i’ve developed an uncanny (fer me) ability to gauge where they are, what they mean, what they want/ need to hear or are trying to say. so that’s been lovely.

    also, my overall level of self-understanding has increased dramatically, as has my level of calm, general happiness and patience. i’d say the overall “holy crap!” moments of epiphany have slowed down a lot (i was having a 1-1 ratio of practice to giant epiphany at first) but i’m okay with that, because those giant epiphanies were just so amazingly life-changing. i need to play! i am the ocean! no, i am a cave! i am not broken–those cracks are where understanding comes in! i limit myself so that i can’t fail and then leave myself! and other things that make no sense, but were breathtaking insights for me.

  10. Elizabeth B

    I stopped eating, or wanting to eat, meat during and after the Monterey retreat. I had been setting an intention of tuning in to my body, but that was not at all a response I was expecting my body to give.

  11. sheila sen
    Twitter:

    my need for, and ability to, sleep almost halved. i have a background of depression; used to need 10 or 11 hours now i have 6 with maybe a half hour nap after dinner xx

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