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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Relax Your Body, Free Your Soul!

I've been browsing a couple of cool books lately (always thinking of Tango naturally).

1. Conditioning for Dance

(Eric Franklin, published by; Human Kinetics ISBN 0-7360-4156-7) This book is loaded with tons of awesome illustrations that let the reader visualize things that are happening inside of your body when you are dancing (in my case, tango), it also shows many techniques that will improve posture, balance, axis...etc... and, as the title suggests conditioning. (they are trying to sell Thera bands, or at least are highly recommending the product, but I guess that's O.K.).

I got massive amounts of information about things instructors have tried to teach me in workshops etc.. but sometimes I need a picture (they are worth a thousand...).

2. T'ai Chi Classics

(Translated with commentary by Waysun Liao, published by Shambhala Classics
ISBN 978-0-57062-749-1) T'ai Chi interests me very much and some day I will explore it in great detail, but for now I found that the sections on breath control and Tan T'ien seem to be applicable to Tango (imagine that!) Eric Jorenson once made a joke in a workshop I was at about feeling each others "bellies" it really is where you center is,

by the way T'ai Chi roughly translated means "The Ultimate"

I also found the treatise by Master Wu Yu-hsiang very informative.

Yin/Yang, energy, movement, direction, meditation, how much more tango can you get!