I mean we talk about how to dance around an audience, but for real, how many times have I looked at all my videos, watched them countless times, and wondered what my hips should look like when I’m in front of an audience? I was really surprised that I didn’t know what to do until now. I am a very athletic person, but it takes a lot of effort and patience to learn how to do this. It doesn’t seem so bad when you’re in front of a really large group of people, but if you’re behind someone’s back, you can be completely lost, and not even be aware that you’re doing it!
Here’s what I did. I knew that by doing yoga on my feet, I could balance better. I found this image of an ab scapula on Pinterest and made some copies of it for my class. Then, I made a bunch of little rectangles out of felt and put them on a stick. I then found my hip flexors and tried my best to stay in their optimal position. When I was really sure I could do it, I did the “step in” to practice it. It isn’t perfect, but it isn’t bad either. By putting the sticks under my feet, I was able to practice my hip flexors without making my pelvis flare out and making sure I could stay on my bottom. By moving my hips, I was able to move my pelvis a little bit back and forth, which I thought was great. I was nervous about doing it in front of an audience, so I did it in front of the mirror and saw, “wow” in my mind. I tried to hold it for a little while, but after a few tries, I started to think that it would be harder than just practicing the movement in front of a mirror, so once I finished it, I moved my hips a little more. I’m not sure if it really helped, although it was fun! You can always go back and try again, you’re guaranteed to get better. I will be doing this in front of an adoring audience if I get the chance! (If you’re doing it in front of a camera, I highly recommend doing the hip flexor exercises that come pre-packaged with your copy of The Gumbos and a few other popular DVDs).
The only other thing I’d change would be that I would only stand while doing the poses. I’m a very quick person and my legs don’t have
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