The end of the Starter Kit. And a reconfiguration.
In Shiva Nata, everything constantly changes and reconfigures. You learn something and then it morphs into the new pattern, and you have to adapt and keep up.
I created this Starter Kit in 2006. It is time for the next configuration. It is time for deconstruction and rebuilding, just like in the practice. I will keep doing Shiva Nata on this question until I know what is next.
In the meantime, the kit has been discontinued. You can still buy Andrey Lappa’s DVD, until we run out of those.
The perfect cure for stuck patterns: Shiva Nata (Andrey Lappa’s Dance of Shiva) is a yoga-based mind-body training system that builds new neural connections and stimulates epiphanies.
The more you practice, the better you get at recognizing your patterns, breaking them down into their components and building something entirely new to take their place.
It’s like nothing else you’ve ever done. It’s visually stunning. It messes with your head. And restructures the brain so you can have hugely exciting moments of understanding in a really safe, systematic way.
Sudoku for your brain. A dancing puzzle that sparks moments of ohmygod how did I not see that before. Which lead you to bizarre and awesome personal breakthroughs, usually within 24 hours of practicing.
What it’s for.
So the symbolic essence of Shiva is destruction. Gah. Scary. Substitute deconstruction for destruction (think "winter making room for new growth" and "swords melting to be made into plowshares" ) and that’s what this crazy movement form is about.
Taking stuff apart. Putting it back together in ways that work better.
How to take out the mental trash (you know, limiting beliefs, stuck memories, unconscious habits and all the noise and stress that clutter up your brain), so you can make more room for mindfulness, clarity and great big moments of "bing".
Other things it’s good for:
- core body strength
- speed of reaction
- memory skills
- intuitive abilities
- structural thinking capabilities
- “Aha!” moments of emotional understanding
Oh, and a sculpted, strong, happy body. That’s not the point, of course. But not bad as side effects go.
And you can practice in tiny pieces. Five minutes at a time is great. Do your practice while the water is boiling for tea. That’s enough.