Yoga for Balance by Sue FullerYoga for Balance by Sue Fuller

Yoga can help you balance your entire being both physically and emotionally.  When the body is balanced so too is your life.

Balance is a major factor that can really influence physical performances both on the yoga mat and whilst performing other activities and sports.

The physical body is rarely symmetrical.  One side of the body is usually stronger or more flexible than the other.  Such imbalances can eventually cause minor aches and pains, if ignored they could eventually develop into something more serious.    

Yoga can help eliminate physical imbalances.  When the body is physically in balance increasing fitness levels becomes easier as the body is in harmony.

Improving your balance might seem like an obvious bi product that comes with a regular yoga practice, especially as yoga is often illustrated by someone standing on one leg.  In addition to improving your ability to balance, yoga postures will help to balance your entire being.  

Balance is not about strength!

When it comes to Yoga finding balance goes beyond the physical aspect.  The words Ha - tha Yoga translates to the following; - sun moon yoke or the joining or coming together of the sun and the moon.  This leads us to believe that one of the main objectives of Hatha Yoga is to bring balance to opposites and help them work together for positive changes to occur.

Quick Tip for improving your Balance

Perform postures that help to open the body, especially the chest and heart area.  Balancing becomes easier when energy can flow freely around the body. If the chest is closed and the shoulders are rolled forwards it can be difficult to balance as the body is pulled forward and out of alignment.

Make sure that you focus on your alignment as good alignment allows you to progress safely.

Baddha Konasana - The CobblerBaddha Konasana (The Cobbler or Bound Angle)

Baddha Konasana is easy to perform.  Next time you practice it try doing so following the below instructions this will help you find overall balance in this simple seated posture.

Begin by sitting with a straight spine and the soles of your feet together.  Become aware of the connection between your sitting bones and the floor, then work to draw up your lower abdominal muscles maintaining the connection between your sitting bones and the floor.

Take your time to feel that you are growing up out of the crown of your head, feel the length of your spine as you maintain a connection between your sitting bones and the earth.

Instead of holding onto your feet allow your wrists to rest lightly on your knees, to help open the chest and the area around the heart.

Take your focus to the sides of your body, both sides of your body from your underarms to the floor should be equal in length, also notice the position of your torso and keep your chest open, make sure that your body is not rotating keep it square to the front. Now notice your knees, both knees should be releasing equally towards the floor.

As you hold the posture breathing slowly in and out through your nose continue to scan through all of these areas to ensure that the body remains in a state of balance.   When you feel ready it is possible to work on the subtle connection between breath and movement.  As you inhale allow your knees to lift slightly and as you exhale allow the knees to drift towards the floor.  Remain mindful throughout.

Vrksasana - The Tree - Yoga PostureThe Tree (Vrksasana)

Begin standing with a small space between the insides of your feet and the outside edges of your feet parallel.  Transfer all of your weight onto your right foot and lift the left leg.  Place the sole of the left foot against the inside of the right foot with the toes pointing down and the knee out to the side.  Join the palms of the hands to form a prayer position in front of your chest.   Breathe slowly through your nose for ten complete breaths and then repeat on the other side.

 

 

Once the body is experiencing a greater sense of balance it is possible to enjoy improved levels of health and vitality. The risk of injury is reduced, falls and tumbles will become rarer, aches and pains experienced due to incorrect posture will diminish, energy levels will be enhanced as stress and tension caused by imbalances are removed, internal organs are able to function more efficiently, circulation will improve and greater levels of oxygen and nutrients will be received by the cells. Not forgetting that the mind will become clearer and more focussed too.

The Yoga 2 Hear class Yoga for Balance has been created to bring balance to the body and mind.

Sue Fuller is an experienced yoga teacher and the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  To find out more about Sue Fuller and Yoga 2 Hear please visit www.yoga2hear.co.uk or www.wellbeingworldonline.com.