Exercises to Improve Your Hip Shimmy

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Improving your hip shimmy is something you can do through the careful application of the right types of exercises. Learn about exercises to improve your hip shimmy with help from a professional dance fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo, and today we're at Body Lingo Dance Fitness Studio in South Pasadena, California. Today, I'm going to show you some exercises to improve your hip shimmy. Now, hip shimmying can be used in Bollywood dancing, belly dancing and sometimes even hip-hop. The most important thing about having a nice crisp hip shimmy actually comes from having loose hip flexors and a lot of control in your oblique muscles, which are the ab muscles on the side of your body. So for a hip shimmy, you want to make sure that you have the ability to rotate your hip. When you're rotating your hip, make sure that you have a loose knee so that you can really pull that hip in and out. Imagine that there's a fin on the side of your hip and it's starting up and going down, up and down, up and down. Some of the exercises you can do to improve your hip shimmying are side lunges. So for a nice side lunge, you want to have a good step out to the side, let the other leg slide and you want to push. Make sure that your knee does not go past the toe. Make sure that you have the ability and control to bring it back in. With this we're stretching the inside of the thigh, stretching the inside of the hip, and providing more power on the other thigh. Make sure that you stretch both sides evenly to make sure that you have an equal amount of ability and flexibility in both sides of your hips. Another exercise that you can do to increase your hip shimmying ability is figure eights. Now this is actually a belly dance move, but what I love about it is that it really centralizes all the essential muscles that you'd be using for a powerful hip shimmy. So with a figure-eight, you're going to lead with one hip and bring it across to the other, lead and bring it across to the other. With this motion, you're actually using your oblique muscles which again are the muscles on the side of your abdomen to lift the hip, bring it back, lift the hip, bring it back, lift the hip, bring it back, lift the hip, bring it back. Again, make sure you have nice loose knees to enable you to move the way you need to move, to fulfill the figure-eight. The last move that I would recommend is actually a floor exercise that you can do side crunches. This is going to help you provide more power to your obliques that way when your hip is shimmying, you're actually able to activate those oblique muscles to pull up the hip. That way you have more control when you add speed. So for this, I'm going to get my yoga mat, lay it out nicely on the floor so that you have some padding. If you're at home and you have carpet, don't worry about it too much. Come down nice and easy onto the floor, onto your side and there are a couple of ways that you can do your side crunches. For beginners, you can pull up and to the side, up and to the side, up and to the side. For more advanced exercisers, you can give yourself a little challenge, pull the legs up with the torso, meet in the middle, up and to the side, up and to the side, up and to the side. By practicing this exercise, you'll provide more control and more strength to your obliques so that when you are ready to execute your hip shimmy, you have something really nice and controlled that doesn't get away from you and doesn't look weak. You want to make sure you have a powerful hip shimmy to portray your powerful nature. Again, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo. For more information, check out our website at www.bodylingo.org.

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