Back into Shiva Nata’s arms

No, no, I didn’t leave my gentleman friend’s arms to rush into those of someone with a Hindu god’s name!

To make things clear:
I practice the Dance of Shiva, which is also called Shiva Nata and is, in the words of the #2 world Shiva Nata expert, “a unique (and visually stunning), flowing yoga-based movement form that actually restructures neural connections in your brain”.  The important thing to know for today’s little story is that it involves specific movements of the arms and the legs.

For over a month now, I was unable to do the arm movements because of a problem with my ribcage (more on that in another post), so I was restricted to doing the leg movements only.  The healing process slowly went on, and this morning I decided to try and see if I’d be able to do the arm movements again without (too much) pain.

Result?  Yay!  It was mostly ok!
Which is why I can say that I’m back into Shiva Nata’s arms! ;)

I guess I’ll talk about Shiva Nata quite a bit here, because it’s really great for me in a lot of ways, and it’s having a positive impact on my life.  Actually, you can ask my gentleman friend, I do talk a lot about it at home too!  Fortunately, I got him started on it too, so I can bring it up at any given opportunity without him thinking that I’m (too much of) a crazy wacky freak!

Ok, I’m attempting to write a shorter post today, so I won’t go on and on about it, even though I very well could (I just can’t stop!).  I know Shiva Nata isn’t very well known, though, so if your curiosity has been piqued and there’s something you’d like to know about it or my experience with it, don’t hesitate to ask.  Bonus answers: yes, I love, love, love it, and yes, getting the starter kit is totally worth it!

Anyways, being able to practice Dance of Shiva with the arms again makes me very very happy, and I just had to share!

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12 Responses to Back into Shiva Nata’s arms

  1. Jessica says:

    I just got my starter kit today! I’ve read most of the first report so I’m ready to go. But I didn’t memorize the arm positions like Havi says I should . . . well, I’ll have to see how patient I can be before I start the DVD. :)

  2. Josiane says:

    Yay! A new Shivanaut! If you want to wait for the DVD, it’s okay too: there’s a section at the beginning just to learn and practice the arm positions. And it shouldn’t take very long to reach you: I had mine within about a week, and I’m across the border and on the other of the continent. Have fun!

  3. Shellyfish says:

    I’m so happy for you that you were able to practice today. I know how frustrating it is to be injured, and how difficult it is to be robbed of something that does both mental and physical good. I’m off to go click and read a little more about this- I practice yoga regularly, but Vinyasa and Ashtanga so this is new to me!

  4. Josiane says:

    @Shellyfish: Thanks for your kind words. Yes, it was very frustrating… As for Shiva Nata: give it a try! Then, we could be all wacky together when we meet next month! :)

  5. Anna-Liza says:

    I’m pretty new to Shiva Nata, and am just now starting on learning the legs. Now, if I can just get my husband to try a new practice, the point of which is to be constantly challenging …I’m glad your ribs are getting better!

  6. Josiane says:

    @Anna-Liza: Honestly, I have no clue what it was I said or did that convinced my gentleman friend to get on board, but I sure am happy that he decided it was worth a try! Who knows, maybe one day something will click for your husband too, and he’ll give it a try…
    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Mona Nomura says:

    Oh, I really liked hearing this. I haven’t done my Shivanauting in at least 3 months. I’m going to do it tonight before I watch a movie. Thanks for sharing your happenings with it. I’ve been inspired.

  8. Josiane says:

    @Mona: I’m so glad my post inspired you to start practicing again! Wow! Thanks for taking the time to let me know, I appreciate it. Keep on Shivanauting! :)

  9. Sari O. says:

    Yay for Shiva Nata! It’s so cool you’ve got your arms back. I’ve been in an off-again stage of my practice, but I think I’ll get a few sequences in next morning and see if my brain gets the jump start it needs. :) Thank you for the reminder and inspiration, and all the best with your Shiva Nata practice!

  10. Josiane says:

    @Sari O.: Yay! Another fellow Shivanaut! It’s so cool to meet you all through this post! I’m really glad it inspired you to get back to the practice too.

  11. Rose says:

    I know this is so old but how can I not comment? I’ve had the starter kit less than 3 weeks [new Shivanaut] and I love it ^_^ I’m quite scared by how fast I picked up the arms and thus began to do backwards-forwards with mismatched numbers (ie. L1:R3 and L2:R3 etc). It’s wonderful to see so many people practising it (though I’ve yet to find a Shivanaut in the UK) ~Rose.

  12. Josiane says:

    @Rose: No matter how old the post may be, your comment is more than welcome here! It’s always a pleasure to meet other Shivanauts! I picked it up really fast too, and that’s one of my big frustrations with my practice: it seems that I am unable to do whatever I’d have to do in order to make it hard enough – but it’s all part of the game, and that’s Shiva Nata’s sneaky way to make me work on some big patterns of mine… :)
    Don’t hesitate to jump ahead and play with the other levels, to go back and forth between them and keep things fun (and hard!). These days, I’m playing with levels 1 to 5, depending on my mood, and I’ve even “invented” a new one somewhere in the middle of those a few days ago.There are several Shivanauts in the UK, and I’ve even met one of them in person! Maybe you could ask about them in a comment on the Shiva Nata blog, or in a personal ad on Havi’s blog. You could also keep your eyes open for them in the comments on Havi’s blog – people sometimes mention they are Shivanauts, and then you can click through to their blog and find out where they are. Or come hang out with us on Twitter, you’d quickly find quite a few of them there!

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