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How to Balance Better in Yoga
When I’m teaching, particularly during balancing postures, I often see people rushing to get into poses and then getting frustrated when they can’t maintain their balance and wind up falling over.
1. What Is Balance?
Yoga can help with two types of balance — both physical and emotional.
Balance is described in yogi terms by Yoga Journal as such:
“When we balance, we align our body’s center of gravity with the earth’s gravitational field. Quite literally, we place ourselves in physical equilibrium with a fundamental force of nature.”
According to Yoga Journal, you can’t balance by staying still. Rather, you’re constantly refreshing your balance each moment. This kind of alignment brings harmony not only to our skin and bones, but also to our nerve impulses, mind, feelings, and consciousness. Yogis view balance of the body as balance of the mind, which creates an inner and outer cohesive calm.
In more scientific terms, our sense of balance is a complicated relationship between the inner ear, vision, and somatosensory system (the physical cues that tell the brain where the body is in its environment). If you have a vestibular disorder (balance problems), you may experience:
2. How Yoga Helps Your Balance
Whether you want to practice yoga because of a vestibular disorder or to improve your balance, you’re on the right track. Yoga helps with balance, focus, movement, and coordination. Rather than focusing on poses and being still, balance comes from movement, mastering transitions, and developing your strength.
Balance can be mastered by focusing your attention on alignment, strength, and attention.
Your body has to be in line with gravity to make balance physically possible.
This gives us the power to find, hold, and modify our alignment.
Being mindful of our alignment allows us to adapt as needed.
Gaining flexibility in your poses and being able to continuously adapt and find your center is essential to success.
3. Flow for Improving Balance
In this video (Inside Flow for Beginners lesson 5), I am going to tell you 5 secrets to help you balance better in practicing yoga, especially Inside Flow where we move a lot with balancing poses. And there will also be a Flow for you to improve your Balance. The video will be premiering tomorrow. Come back to watch and practice with me!
Remember, ultimately yoga is a practice. There is always room for growth, and nothing is really ever truly mastered, so be patient and kind to yourself. Stay disciplined, and practice often, and the postures will come to you in time.
Happy practicing! 🙏