(To people new to Shiva Nata: This is gibberish for you right now – you’ll understand surprisingly fast after an introductory class! This series is for variations and interest after you have the basics down. Sign up in the sidebar for your introduction to level 1!)
Doing Shiva Nata in bed: good idea or bad?
Occasionally, doing Shiva Nata at night (whatever level sounds hard, in my head, no visualizing arm movements at all) will put me to sleep. I forgot those caveats last night… and was up for hours with racing excited brain. Oops…
The upside of that foolery? Figuring out a mini-level hiding right under level 3. Level 3 is a tough one – I find 4 and 5 much easier – and discouraging for me to practice without aides. And I like being off aides! (there’s a pun hiding somewhere).
Starting position (same as Level 2, with one arm vertical, one arm horizontal) ::
Forward-forward :: mirror image :: forward-backward ::
Forward-forward :: mirror image :: backward-forward = starting position
(the tricky and unlike-level 3 part is the switching of the forward/backward move to get back to the starting position)
Starting position ::
Forward-forward :: transquarter :: forward-backward
Forward-forward :: transquarter :: forward-backward = starting position