Yoga Balance Poses
Balance is so important both on and off your yoga mat. Let’s start off with your career, family, love, and relationships. All these areas in your life need to be balanced to be able to give the right amount of time to each of these important aspects. Don’t forget to add some me-time too.
And when we talk about time for yourself, that means also balancing the state of your mind, body, and soul. One way to achieve this is to perform yoga balance poses. Yoga balance poses help to build strength in a different area of the body such as your muscles and joints.
If you have pain and tension in your knees and joints, then doing yoga balance poses may be part of the solution. It doesn’t only have physical pros but mental advantages as well since it decreases stress and promotes relaxation. What’s more is that it makes you more focused! If you tend to become forgetful, then this is could help enhance your memory.
Basic Types of Balance Poses
Standing Balance Poses
This type has the most challenging positions because they use a huge amount of strength on the leg as well as much flexibility in the upper body. You might have experienced how challenging it is to stay balanced on one leg, what’s more when you shift to different poses? Standing Balance Poses also need much strength from the core.
Tree poses is known as Vrksasana in sanskrit. It’s a pose that requires a lot of focus, opens the hips, and build strength through the body. It’s a great pose for beginners that can be advanced as your strength and balance improve.
Here’s how to do it:
- Stand in a mountain pose with your hands at heart center, shift your weight to the right foot.
- Pull the left heel up to the inside of the right ankle while keeping your left toes on the floor and drawing your left knee out toward the left. If you feel stable, move your foot to the inside calf of the right leg. For even more challenge, draw your foot to the upper/inner right thigh.
- Keep the left knee moving to the left while your hips continue to face forward.
- Press the standing leg into the lifted leg with equal strength as the lifted leg presses in.
- Once you feel balanced, you may try expanding your arms out and up.
The eagle pose or garudasana is more like a pretzel position than that of an eagle but it’s about tapping into the essence of an eagle being a “devourer”. This is a great option among the yoga balance poses if you work at a desk job for several hours to enhance the flexibility of your arms and shoulders. Actually, you can do garudasana everywhere and anytime!
Here’s how to do it:
- First, bend your knees and place your arms to your sides. Gently shift your weight onto the right foot then slowly raise your left foot.
- While balancing on your right, cross your left thigh over your right thigh. Then point the toes on your left foot towards the floor with the heel back. Do this as high as possible.
- Hook the left foot on your right calf for a more advanced option.
- Extend your arms in front parallel to the mat.
- Next, put your right arm over your left arm. Then bend the elbows and wrap the right elbow in the crook of your left arm.
- Gently raise your forearms with the back of the hands facing each other.
- After which, face the palms toward each other with the thumb of the right hand pressing on the left hand’s little finger.
- With the palms pressed together, lift up the elbows and stretch the fingers up. Stay in this position from 15 to 30 seconds.
Arm Balance Poses
If standing balance poses are challenging, arm balance poses can be more challenging. This is actually an intermediate level of yoga as it would require ample amounts of upper body strength. Much care is being done when doing yoga balance poses using the arm because of the risk of falling on the face.
Also known as Bakasana, crow pose is great for those who have just started doing yoga balance poses. This pose is a good arm balance to start out with. It effectively builds arm and shoulder strength. Crow pose is also a good start to know where your center of gravity is. The center of gravity is vital in yoga to avoid falling over when performing yoga balance poses.
Here’s how to do it:
- From a standing position, slowly squat and put your hands flat on your yoga mat. The distance of both hands should be the width of your shoulders and the fingers should be spread.
- Then keep your feet together while lifting your hips up toward the sky. Your knees should be bent as you raise your heels but the balls of the feel should be pointed on the floor.
- The back of your triceps should be gently pressed on your knees as you start to move the weight to your fingertips.
- Remember that each foot should be lifted one at a time.
- To be able to have good form, use the core and bend the elbows.
The yoga balance poses above are easy to do wherever you are and whenever you feel like it. You can opt to do these poses during breaks to ensure that you are still living in balance despite the hectic schedule and the deadlines you may have to meet. You may just want to bring your mat with you and that is all since these yoga balance poses do not require much equipment but just your will and focus.
o these yoga balance poses several times a week and rest assured it will make a huge difference in your life!