Would you like to create Balance in your life?
The more your balance improves on the mat the more you will see the benefits of this practice in your life.
Yoga will happen when you can use these benefits to improve the way you deal with situations in your life, causing a positive effect on the people around you and the whole world. That is how powerful your yoga practice can be! When we practice yoga we’re not only working on our physical body. We’re also working on our energy and our mind. As we develop our practice we can see the results of all this work in our life. We feel more comfortable in our bodies, we have more energy, our emotions become more stable and our mind’s more focused. The balancing of the mind will have a positive impact on the balance of the emotional, energetic body and the physical body.
The balancing of the energetic body happens as we release energy where we have an excess and we increase energy where we have a deficiency. Basically, during practice, you will cleanse your body from any negative energy for example anxiety, anger, stress and as you eliminate these energies you will make space for new positive energy to replace it.
How do I do it?
- It is important that when you try to balance, you keep your eyes still in one spot.
- As you still your eyes, you should bring your attention inward and keep your mind still as you feel your body in the pose.
- The less you think about it the more you allow your body to do what it needs to do.
- It’s always good to focus on whichever part of your body is touching the floor and feel the strength of your body pushing the floor away.
- Conscious Breath. While holding a pose be sure to keep your breathing slow and gently controlled, this will help to keep your body steady.
- Hold a point of focus: Before attempting to assume a balancing asana, find a stationary spot in the room to fix your eyes on. For example, a point on the wall/picture straight ahead of you. Hold your gaze on this point and steady yourself first before entering fully into the pose. As you slowly come into the pose, keep staring at that same point. This orients your body giving it a visual anchor whilst greatly improving your balance.
- Concentrate on the area requiring the most activity: Whenever anyone comes into a pose requiring balance there will likely be one specific area of the body’s musculature that is most taxed in order to maintain it. Using the tree pose for example, the area most taxed will be the ankle and leg of the standing foot. While remaining in this pose, focus your attention to the ankle and leg. Feel each tiny muscle, nerve and reflex working constantly to keep you upright and balanced. Keep your mind focused on this area while remaining relaxed.
Don’t Try Too Hard!!!
Yoga for balance
Tree Pose ( Vriksasana )
- Start standing on both of your feet and balancing.
- Shift your weight to the left foot and bend your right knee resting the toes of your right foot on the floor, slowly bringing it off the floor little by little and see how far you can go.
- If you need to keep the toes of your right foot on the floor, that’s fine.
- When you’re ready to bring your right foot up higher on your leg and place the sole of your foot against the inner left leg.
- Firmly press the sole of the right foot against your left leg. Turn the right knee outward to open the right hip.
- As your balance improves you can challenge yourself more by bringing your hands over your head, gently stretching upwards, opening your back, ribcage and chest.
- Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds then eventually up to one minute. When ready exhale and bring the right foot to the floor.
- Repeat the position on the opposite side always.