Dance of Shiva is a moving meditation practice that can improve mental clarity, emotional balance, physical coordination, and spiritual connection – in as little as 5 minutes a day!
World-renowned yoga teacher Andrey Lappa revived this ancient dance for the modern world. It combines the philosophical engagement of yoga with the complex beauty of mathematics.
Shiva Nata uses an ever-changing series of arm and leg patterns to challenge the brain to build new neural connections, while also strengthening the shoulders, back, and abdominal muscles.
How Does Shiva Nata Work?
Recent research has revealed that the human brain’s 100 billion nerve cells don’t stop generating new pathways after a “critical period” of childhood. In fact, neurons have the capacity to continuously build new connections, supporting the processes of learning, memory, and adaptation.
Shiva Nata engages both sides of the body and brain, activating the remarkable capacity of neuroplasticity. The increasingly complex level system developed by Andrey Lappa constantly challenges the brain, engaging it with a variety of novel stimulation while also regularly reinforcing familiar information.
By helping the brain retain its adaptive flexibility, Shiva Nata leads to “hot, buttered epiphanies” – a flood of insights about everything in life, from how you brush your teeth to the plan for of your dissertation. Over time, these understandings can lead to what Lappa calls “conscious liberation” – the ultimate stage of spiritual development.
Shiva Nata provides benefits on many levels:
- Physical: Improved coordination, balance, and core body strength.
- Emotional: Elevated mood and release of dysfunctional patterns.
- Intellectual: Increased clarity, synthesis of information, and flow in written communications.
- Spiritual: Greater detachment from mundane difficulties and alignment with higher purpose.
It is excellent for senior citizens and those with chronic illnesses – it can be practiced with little to no movement. Also, children love to play with Shiva Nata, and it assists with difficulties in focus and sensory processing.