Updated: Aug 13, 2019
'I don't have space nor time to practice my Tango!' It's true, not everyone has enough time to practice their tango as much as they wish. Already finding time to regularly attend a class is a struggle for most. But how can you still work on your Tango with no time nor space?
Time: YES! Time is an issue! However, here are some gentle stretches you can do before getting up to get your day started.
Yes, in bed! (Total time: 3 minutes)
1.Knee to Chest Stretch
Lie on your back with your legs extended. Keeping your left leg stretched, bring your right knee in towards your chest, grabbing hold of your shin to increase the stretch while lifting your head towards your knee. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides. Repeat 4 times.
2. Soft Side Stretch: Sit in the center of your bed with your legs crossed. Interlace your fingers with your palms facing out & extend both arms straight above your head. Without lifting your hips off the bed, slowly bend from the waist to your left. Hold for 3 seconds, then return to center. Repeat this on the right side, then return to center to complete the stretch. Repeat 4 times.
3. Forward Crawl & Side Sway: Sit in the center of your bed with your legs crossed. Keeping your bum on the bed, crawl your hands forward as far as you can while keeping the shoulders down. Leaning on your forearms for support, sway towards your left. Hold, then come back to center & sway towards your right. Continue swaying side to side for up to 30 seconds.
Space: Beleive it or not, you don't need a dance studio nor a sprung wooden floor to practice your Tango.
1. Work on your posture: being mindful of your posture while walking to the tube, during work, shopping or even out with friends, will defiently leak into your Tango dancing. Shoulders down, long neck, chest up yet relaxed, soft wrists and fingers are just a few things you can be mindful of during the day.
2. Work on your disassociation: stand sideways next to a wall, with one leg in front of the other (closest leg to the wall in front). Without turning your feet nor hips try to place your chest flat to the wall. Keep your shoulders relaxed and tension free. Stay a few minutes in this position while focusing on your breathing. Once you are comfy in the stretch, use your arms against the wall to push your dissasosiation a little further.
Let's start with these simple exercises and soon I'll post Part 2! Happy stretching! Maria x