We used to watch this video clip at the Balance Center in Palo Alto, in the Foundations Series. It's a great example of someone in Balance/Spinefulness. James Cagney is bending from his hip joints and his spine looks so straight.
Around 1990 I began to hear Flamenco-influenced music on the radio by musicians like Ottmar Leibert, Strunz & Farah, and the Gipsy Kings. I loved the music and really wanted to dance to it, but I didnâ€™t know how. When I saw my first Flamenco show I knew I was ready to dive in immediately. Flamenco became my passion from 1991 until around 2000, when I retired from performing and teaching. I know very talented Flamenco dancers that have had to give up dancing due to back or neck pain. This is too bad, but isnâ€™t surprising considering the typical [...]
I was just in Alaska teaching yoga and Balanced posture at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.Â It was wonderful to be around so many artists of all kinds - musicians (American Roots, Celtic, classical, African/drumming, and more), dancers (African, Afro-Cuban, salsa, Irish, Middle Eastern and of course ballet, tap, modern, and jazz), as well as visual artists who painted and sewed wonderful creations. I took some salsa classes, Afro-Cuban dance and Irish step dancing, which I had never tried before.Â It was great exercise and a lot of fun.Â I also loved being in the midst of such a wealth [...]
Here's another video to help you get started with relaxed, comfortable standing. Standing is a bit more challenging to learn than sitting, so take it easy and practice for shorter amounts of time, until it feels more natural. It should feel strange at first!
Check out this video which will show you how to sit pain-free. This should make some of my previous blog posts more clear. Try it out and let me know how it works for you! Â© 2011 Dana K. Davis
Check out this amazing video which shows how different posture was before the 1920's in the U.S. Around that time there was a shift in fashion, and now almost everyone has "out of Balance" posture. This video shows how straight people were prior to the 1920's. Look at how far back their shoulders are, and how long the necks are. They look strong and healthy. A good example is at 1:15, and after 2 minutes it gets really interesting. http://www.flixxy.com/san-francisco-1905-historical-footage.htm