How to Avoid Shimmy Lock

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HOW TO AVOID SHIMMY LOCK

Do you often feel that your shimmy is so tense that you can barely smile, not to mention adding another movement on top of it?----Here are a couple of practice tips for you.⠀

✅Aim to do a simple knee shimmy for a long time NONSTOP. If you've never did this exercise before, you'll be surprised how long 3-5 minutes are! -The goal is to do it nonstop and make sure that you are not locking (tensing) muscles at any point of this exercise.---

✅Keep track of your breathing, and try to talk while practicing shimmy. It will force you to relax.---

✅Then add arm movements. In slow tempo, and in different directions. First it can be symmetrical arm patterns, but then try to move each arm differently-

✅Only then move on to more complicated movements, like undulation or maya layered on top of shimmy.❤️❤️❤️⠀

Do you have your own tricks for shimmy practice? Share in comments below.-----

Author: Iana Komarnytska
Photographer: Pedro Bonatto

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