How to Balance in Yoga Poses

How to Balance in Yoga Poses

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.

Plant your feet securely
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.

engage your bbs
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.

Spread your toes
Spread 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.

Train your eyes
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.

Work off the mat
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.

Source: wikihow

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