yoga blog by yoga lover in Bicester

Yoga and balance

on August 11, 2012

Why is balancing so hard????

Sometimes when I do my yoga practice I seem to find it really hard to balance  – asanas such as Warrior 3 or even a simple tree seem really challenging.

Of course it can be because I haven’t built a logical sequence of postures -preparing mind and body to balance.

Sometimes it’s an indication that I really haven’t stilled my mind effectively – and just standing in Tadasana and breathing for a while can make all the difference.

Othertimes it can be because I really haven’t taken the time to set the posture up properly – thinking through the alignment, working from base up and out … and keeping the breath calm and slow.

Or it may be wiggly toes – do you ever find it difficult to get your toes to obey your mind?  why do they scrunch up when you’re telling them to say stretched out and spaced out!!

I’ve also been reading about proprioception – knowing where abouts all the bits of your body are in relationto each other and the space around them and which muscles are working.  Think this is important too.  Body awareness.  Knowing how to turn muslces on and off to create optimum poise.

As we get older balance can get more challenging  and it’s really good to work at balance to avoid falls.  Yoga can really help in this respect – through helping a student gain body awareness, toning muscles and practicing balancing.


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