In one of the previous editions of “Russian Yoga” magazines an article presented a new tendency within methodological products – computer training program “Universal Yoga 3D”, which is a part of my new project “Yoga Soft”.
In advertisement the similar program “Dance of Shiva 2D” was already presented, but still the full description of the program was not presented there. This article aims to introduce you the products of the “Yoga Soft” project, in particular with computer training program for Shiva Dance practice – “Dance of Shiva 2D”.
In year 2001, in Kiev I started the project “Yoga Soft”, creating universal video programs, ”virtual trainer”, which could be used in everyone’s individual work. .
The idea to start the program was to create the utmost individual program on the modern level for everyone’s use. We overcame incomplete graphical way of training information transmission by unclear drawings or by lists of visually limited titles. As the result the following universal programs were created: two projection video program – “Dance of Shiva 2D” (see colorful video in this magazine) and three projection video program – “Universal Yoga 3D” (see colorful in the edition # 3, “Yoga”, 2005). These video programs are acceptable for every computer. They are presented by video-animated practitioner, who demonstrates training exercises, which are clear for all who want to study the Dance of Shiva or any other Yoga stile. Such virtual trainer is able to do any training programs in dynamics on the user’s inquiry (see detailed information below). So the user can draw up training program from the titles of exercises, and receives it as an animation of video-virtual trainer, who demonstrates practice of Dance of Shiva and Yoga in dynamic and static with all it technical aspects.
The final aim of this is to create global internet-portal, which allows instructors according to the level of their practice evolution to compile and improve individual training video programs for their students within worldwide scale. Moreover, all portal visitors can easily exchange training video information between each other.
Programs “Dance of Shiva 2D” or “Universal Yoga 3D” allows to overcome obstacles of speed limits of information transmission through internet, not only content video fillies are indicated, but digital codes of body postures in space, which requires minimal speed and memory resources. And this is not distant future, however nowadays reality.
At the present moment four training program levels of the Dance of Shiva are already finished, and the work for completing of the last four levels is carried out now. The training program on the Yoga, 3rd level is also completed.
“Dance of Shiva 2D” and “Universal Yoga 3D” give an opportunity to create individual programs by instructors for their students and for individual practice for home trainings. And there is no need to write or to draw any special recommendations. Every student receives individual and video consecutive program, which he can by himself adopt to different initial states and goal in different days, depending on motivation and general state.
There is also a possibility to use “Dance of Shiva 2D” and “Universal Yoga 3D” as programs for instructors’ for studying of various practices. The process of deep understanding of the program’s structure and possible variants of their changing lies on program learning components of Yoga and Dance of Shiva.
It is not a secret that many yogis shun modern technical progress with its innovations and technologies. Some of them doesn’t watch TV and use computers. This is the result of their conscious decision: to avoid any technique use or personal apathy to anything connected with technique (in childhood they usually avoided physics and mathematics). There are plenty of such people and they think it is normal. That is why, if you relay yourself to such category, you can stop reading this article right now, being satisfied by general information about idea of computer training video programs, which was already in general described. However, “Yoga Soft” project group hopes that we won’t be condemned by those, who are interested in modern computer technologies and use them for information exchange between each other.
All those for whom this project is interesting are welcome to continue reading about peculiarities of work with “Dance of Shiva 2D”. In comparison with Yoga practice, Dance of Shiva exercises, which don’t include turnings in space, are clear and understandable in direct symmetrical view on their technical aspects of practice. That is why two projective program (2D) was completely enough for creating training program “Dance of Shiva”, while for Yoga practice three projective program (3D) was used. Production of two projective training programs is more cheap than three projective once.
Options described below will be marked by numbers, which are corresponded to the colors in the supplementary sheet of this magazine with the control board of the program.
So, after loading and opening the program, on the screen appears a picture, presented in the color supplementary sheet above. The virtual trainer is disposed in window (1), demonstrating Dance of Shiva.
Legs and hands of virtual trainer are turned on separately by buttons (2) and (3). On the control board presented above, you can see trainer with moving hands (1), and on the control board below in the right corner – trainer with moving legs (4).
Program “Dance of Shiva 2D” allows to view video training programs for legs and hands only in separate regime. Crossing of trajectory of moving hands and legs made impossible to present their simultaneous work in this program. Such separate practice is completely enough for initial mastery of Dance of Shiva technique on the every level. And after this you can easily follow real speed of movements from the DVD “Dance of Shiva”. Thus, existing methodological computer programs and DVD carry out necessary role on different stages of coping Dance of Shiva technique. Computer programs “Dance of Shiva 2D” allows to change speed and other parameters of practice, helping to adopt video programs with different levels of complication to individual capacities of everyone studying initial practice stages of each following complication level. And DVD allows to achieve the utmost perfection in practice in real speed with simultaneous movements of hands, legs and body in space through watching alive video on DVD at the advanced levels.
In future we plan to create three projective program of Dance of Shiva, which will allow to combine not only simultaneous movements of hands and legs, but also to see movements of video trainer from every side as it is already presented in three projective program “Universal Yoga 3D”.
All exercises from one of the levels of Dance of Shiva are listed in window (5). Their names were unified and abbreviated.
“H3F” (Horizontal) horizontal exercise 3 (Forward) with hands moving forward.
“H3B” (Horizontal) horizontal exercise 3(Backward) with hands mowing backward.
“H4FB” (Horizontal) horizontal exercise 4, letter F at the left side – (Forward) means, that the left hand moves forward and B at the right side – (Backward) means, that the right hand moves backward.
“H4BF” (Horizontal) horizontal exercise 4. letter B at the left side – (Backward) means, that the left hand moves forward and letter F at the right side – (Forward) means, that the right hand moves backward.
By ticks in square windows (6) before each exercise in window (5) you can activate or cancel chosen exercises in the list training of training exercises. Thus, all exercises matched by ticks will be included in training, while all canceled will be absent.
By buttons with indicators you can move chosen exercises (8) from the training list up and down, thus rearranging exercises by place in every order and getting any training combination of exercises. This option is usually impossible in widespread video trainings, filmed and presented on DVD by different schools around the world.
By buttons “Play” and “Stop” you can view video of chosen exercise (8) in window (1).
In window (10) appears text description of every chosen exercise (8), which you can read if necessary, thus understanding all technique nuances of exercise. In window (11) you can chose by numbers every number of repetitions of every chosen exercise (8) in video training. In window (12) you can set the time of postures’ fixation in seconds for every chosen exercise (8) in video training.
By button (13) you can open window (14), where you can change several parameters of future video training. This settings are appropriate for all exercises of training program. Settings (11) and (12) will be conferred separately only for chosen exercises in the training list.
In window (15) you can choose pause time of readiness expectation before the beginning of training for student to have enough of time to go aside of the computer and to get prepared to the practice after he download video training demonstration. Video starts working in a time set in pause.
In window (16) you can choose pause time in seconds between all exercises in training in cases, if student need time for rest. In this case such pause will take place between all exercises of training program.
In window (17) you can choose number if training repentance, if there is a need of repentance as one of continuous, uninterrupted training program.
In window (18) by tick in the right side you can activate pause time setting in the left side. In this case, chosen pause time in seconds will be common in all key points of training program.
By points in windows (19) you can chose the speed of all movements in video training. Here every separate movement will be done in a period of half second, one second, one and a half second or two seconds. Recommended speed is one movement during one second, what goes with accordance with real speed of Dance of Shiva movements. Some students may have a need to change the speed of movements, which can be achieved by this regulation. However you should remember, that acceleration of movements for half a second needs more high parameters of computer. And such heightened speed can lead to uneven movements in video trainings, if for its demonstrations you use computer with a small memory capacity and low working speed.
In square window (20) by tick you can activate or cancel the sound, accompanying the program. This sound is a low frequent drum beats of different intensity, which are conferred to different typical movements of Dance of Shiva. So, while changing the speed of movements and fixation pauses this drum sounds and their general rhythm will accelerate or slow down in strict accordance with parameters of working out exercises of video program. Such sound accompaniment helps to achieve student’s reaction on different typical sounds, appropriate to different typical exercises. Thus, the essence of traditional practice of Dance of Shiva followed by sounds of low frequent hard drum is kept.
By pushing the button (21) you can cancel new settings in window (14) and return to the previous settings, if new once were unsuccessful.
By button (22) you can close the window (14). And by button (23) you can keep all old settings, carried out in window (14). Through buttons (22) and (23) you can come back to the window (1).
After finishing all needed settings for future training program you can start your practice, by pushing “Play” (24). After starting the program on the place of button “Play” appears button “Pause”(24), allowing temporary to stop program’s work and break training to go out, for example to the toilet. By pushing button “Pause” on its place appears “Play”. Second pushing of button “Play” continuous the work of program from the exact place, where the work was interrupted.
Full stop of the program is realized through the pushing button “Stop” (25).
In window (26) you can always see the type of current exercise in window (1) or (4). This allows better to understand, what is happening on the screen. Thus, while virtual trainer is making main training exercises in window (26) appears “Mode-Exercise” – exercise. While changing start position between exercises in window (26) appears “Mode-Change”- change position. And during breaks after finishing training program in window (26) appears “Mode-Finished” – finished.
By pushing button (27) you open program description and detailed manual of its users.
By pushing button (28) you open information about idea of this program creation, its creators and description of rights of program users.
In window (29) you can find the exile of the internet source of widen information about Dance of Shiva system
By pushing button (30) you can close the program.
Besides all mentioned above, every created program can be loaded not only from the very beginning, but from every exercised (8) matched in the window (5). Thus, there is no need to wait until all the program will play all from the beginning if there is a need to watch only the part of it, starting from every exercise.
While opening the program on the computer screen will appear control board of program “Dance of Shiva” and no other Windows options could be seen after that. It was made intentionally to exclude he possibility of simultaneous work of “Dance of Shiva” with any other computer programs. First of all, because such program needs maximum of modern computer’s resources and any other work at the same time will essentially break or make completely impossible work of “Dance of Shiva 2D”. The exit of this program returns uses to his usual Windows desktop.
However “Dance of Shiva 2D” was created for computers, there is a possibility to use it on Mas computers. Many of those who practice Dance of Shiva in USA, who use Macintosh computers, simply set up additional program “Virchual PC” – virtual PC. In this case “Dance of Shiva 2D” works without any problems on the Macintosh computers.
All eight levels of “Dance of Shiva 2D” computers programs arte already available.
- Operation System: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
- HDD: not lesser than 290 Mb of free space
- RAM: not lesser then 128 Mb
- CPU: not lesser then 400 MHz
- Monitor requirements: screen resolution - 1024x768, color quality - 32 bit
- Internet Explorer 5.0 or above