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Find Your Balance

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Following on from Matte's previous blog about Finding Balance in Yoga, here he explores more about the benefits of finding balance not just in Yoga, but in life as well.

For our next Asana in Focus 10-week cycle, we have been exploring different balance poses to enhance our balance and reap the numerous benefits that come with it. Balancing poses are an essential part of yoga practice, and they offer a wide range of benefits that go beyond just physical fitness.

One of the most significant benefits of balancing poses is that they strengthen the muscles of the legs and core. As you hold these poses, you engage your muscles, which helps to build strength and endurance. This, in turn, increases bone density and improves posture, helping you to stand tall and confident.

Balancing poses also promote mindfulness, mental focus, and body awareness. As you hold these poses, you must concentrate on your breath and your body, which helps to quiet the mind and enhance your ability to focus. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

In addition to mental clarity, balancing poses invigorate and energise the mind, helping you to feel more alert and awake. They also build confidence, grit, and determination, as you learn to push yourself beyond your perceived limitations.

Balancing poses are also great for joint stability, especially in the knees and ankles. As you hold these poses, you engage the muscles around these joints, which helps to strengthen them and prevent injury.

Practising balancing poses can also promote a good sense of humour and humility. These poses can be challenging, and it's not uncommon to fall out of them from time to time. Learning to laugh at yourself and staying humble can help you approach your practice with a positive attitude and an open mind.

Improving neuromuscular coordination is another benefit of practising balancing poses. These poses require a high degree of coordination between the mind and body, which can help to improve overall agility and reaction time.

To practise balancing poses safely, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, keep your eyes open and lock your gaze on a drishti focal point. This will help you to maintain your balance and focus.

Move slowly, gracefully, and mindfully into the pose. Be aware of your surroundings and remove any objects that may injure you if you lose balance. Use a wall, chair or other props to support you if needed.

Don't rush into the full expression of the asana or overdo it. Move in and out of the pose with grace and compassion for yourself.

Here is a list of some of the most popular yoga balance poses:

1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

2. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

3. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

4. Warrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana III)

5. Crow Pose (Bakasana)

6. Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)

7. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

8. Headstand Pose (Sirsasana)

9. Handstand Pose (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

10. Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana)

Incorporating balancing poses into your yoga practice can help to enhance your overall physical and mental well-being. So come join us on this journey of self-discovery and explore the many benefits of balancing poses!

Keep exploring the possibilities of your practice and remember to have fun.

Namaste beautiful friends, see you on the mat soon.

Kind Thoughts

Kind Words

Kind Heart

Matte - ReDefined MindBody Studio Coordinator

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