Cat Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts.This move trains you to draw stability and power from your feet, legs and hips by balancing on one foot. Practice by shifting your body weight from one foot to another, grounding through the inner and outer arch of your standing foot. Play with increasing the lenght of time for stability or decreasing to explore cat-like agiity. Continue below Tips and video.
Tip: Keep your knees and hip joints spring-loaded, giving equal attention to the floating leg. Isolate in stillness, then begin moving your three body weights (pelvis, chest, head) to explore shapes in space. For fun, explore hand and finger techniques: balance finger down for support and claw hand to channel your 'inner cat.' Watch the video below for Cat stance in action!