This is me wearing a pink wig and laughing my head off in a video segment (12:41) from a casual Shiva Nata class I taught in early May.
The students came up with silly words and we linked them with the arm positions…
The horizontals: shindig, popover, light, Selma
The verticals: pink, power, glitter, puffball
Here we’re doing Level 2 transquarters, which I call FLIP-ITS.
A Flip-It is when you leap-frog one position. So instead of going from one to two to three to four, you jump from one directly to three. Or from two directly to four. Flip it!
- The pace is intentional. I don’t expect you to be able to do Dance of Shiva Flip-its this quickly if you’ve just made up brand new words. It’s part of the challenge.
- I seriously just learned these words like, five minutes before. Which is why we all keep forgetting them.
- Also we were already pretty intensely brain scrambled before we even started with the Flip-its.
- The camera angle is a little weird so some of the positions may be slightly hard to recognize.
- The point is not trying to keep up. The point is getting lost in the flailing. Challenge!
- Because this was a super loose, casual, lighthearted, silly practice, I chose not to put emphasis on form.
- In other words: this video doesn’t count as a permission slip for sloppy arm work! Unless of course you’re intentionally working with loose arms as part of challenging your patterns, which is totally fine.
- There’s more video up on the Secret Lab site, also bigger and higher resolution. Secret Lab!
- Since I am a sneaky, sneaky teacher, there are several things I want to convey in this video. Make your guesses here as to what they are… :)