Yoga is a whole-body practice that focuses on strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga balance poses include standing and squatting poses, such as lord of the dance and the chair pose; arm poses, such as the plank and handstands; and core poses such as the boat pose.
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Even yoga poses that are not normally considered balance-oriented, such as the camel, incorporate balance. Some simple tips can help you balance in yoga poses.
1: Plant your feet securely on the floor before entering the pose.
Make sure your weight is evenly distributed between the front and back of your feet and across your
2: Keep your body in proper alignment and engage your abs.
- In standing poses, your hips, knees and ankles should all be in line with each other.
- If you are in squatting poses, your hips, shoulders and ears should make a straight line.
- In straight-arm balances, such as the plank, your hand should be directly beneath your shoulder.
- In bent arm balances, such as the crocodile, your hands should be directly beneath your elbows, and your elbows close to your sides.[contentblock id=2 img=adsense.png]
3: Pread your toes to give yourself a wider base.
Spreading your toes also keeps you from “grabbing” the floor with your feet, which can actually throw you off balance.
4: Train your eyes on a stationary object.
The stationary object acts as a focal point and will help you keep your balance. Closing your eyes or focusing on something moving, such as a classmate, will throw you off balance.
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5: Work off the mat.
The mat may provide an unstable surface and make it difficult to balance. The bare floor is more stable and may be a better choice if you have difficulty balancing.