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    Sara with the backwards walkover everyone first had to be able to hold the bridge position (I think that's what it's called in yoga) steadily, from there we learnt to drop back into the bridge using a wide stance....usually to avoid falling on our heads we put our backs to a wall and used it to support our hands as we lent back, when we could fall back into the bridge and bring ourselves back up from it unaided we started to learn the move using the correct stance (arms straight up, weight supported on one leg). We did this with one of the coaches supporting the small of our back and helping the leading leg over. And after we perfected it on the ground, we started learning it on the beam which just goes to remind me how good my coordination used to be

    I'd also add that with any floorwork, yoga classes can be a gift from G-d

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    I hate the bridge. It really is boring to do. I did Gym n all and it used to be fun at first but then I got fed up with it and gave up.
    Last edited by Sara; 04-22-2007 at 08:56 PM. Reason: I spelt stuff strangely

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    Default walkovers

    hi bonnie as far as I know a walkover is a gymnastic move
    the closest I can explain would be a handspring combined with a FORWARD
    cartwheel (not the typical side ) or somersault/
    I have never seen bellydancers do this/// unless they mean a tribal or turkish drop/
    pretty well anything that requires backbends,serpent undulations and the above mentioned drops require a lot of leg strength and control
    hope I am helping you
    let me know if you need anymore info
    thanks very much

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    Default quick add to walkovers

    sorry fairly new to forums I did not realize that capitals meant shouting
    it was to explain differences
    anyway sorry guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sara View Post
    HOw did they train you to do walk overs?
    oh boy. i took gymnastics many years back in my youth, we had a spotter to support our "fall" back.

    i do not recommend this for anyone who has not first conditioned/prepared these muscle groups.

    #1, stretch out quads and abdominals and lower back first.

    #2, get against a wall, facing away with back to wall, stand close enough to arch back to the point where you can get your hands on the wall, fingers facing down. slowly walk down the wall to the point of stretching. hold 30 seconds. walk up.

    #3 when you are comfortable with the stretch at 30 seconds, increase time in position to 1 minute.

    #4 when you are comfortable with the stretch at 1 minute, walk your hands further down the wall, deeper into a backbend.

    if you feel you are going to slip down further into the stretch than you would like, get a spotter to support your lower back.

    and repeat hold 30 seconds for a few days, repeat at 1 minute, progress further down wall and deeper into back bend.

    once hands are on the ground, walk, forward, backwards, forward, backwards, it further stretches your quads and abdominals, and gives a feel for weight transfer between the four points of contact. repeat for a few weeks. after the walking in back bend position, rock the weight distribution from the hands to the heels of the feet while simultaneously liftiing upper body from strength of legs into standing position.

    at this point you should be able to arch back and into a back bend. using the momentum of "falling" back you should be able to kick your legs over, but NOT at the same time otherwise its a different move. walk over as if fanning your legs out.

    perhaps that makes sense. but i dont know if a walk over is the best method at achieving a back bend. simply because in a back bend your weight is supported solely by your bottom half. in a back bend, the wieht is distributed between 4 points. perhaps it would be a good start in getting those muscles stretched out.

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    A 'walk over' in "belly dance language" can also mean an outer vertical figure eight, lifting the heels or walking with it.

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