3 Ways to Improve Balance – Balance Positions
Asanas, in which, in the absence of focus, we can easily lose balance and turn away the eagle (and I’m not talking about Garudasan here), are quite a challenge. For most of us at the beginning of the road, not only balance positions but most standing positions can be very problematic in terms of maintaining balance.
Why practice equivalent items?
Personally, I think that taming balance positions give you an unusual sense of control and a lot of satisfaction. This is particularly true of items that at first glance seemed impossible to achieve. I remember my long struggles with standing on my head. Although the shoulders did well, the neck felt great, the lack of a wall immediately “knocked” me out of the asana. Now that I stand steadily in Salamba Sirsasana, remembering the difficult way gives me a lot of joy.
Balance positions help you stay focused. In a sense, they are an indicator of the focus on “here and now.” If your thoughts drift away, balance immediately becomes more difficult. Maybe you have noticed that when you get to practice late, or on that particular day something has happened that bothers you, even a simple tree becomes a challenge. The practice of some balances requires a lot of commitment, which is why it teaches diligence and regularity, and these transferred skills are a value in itself. Do not forget that balancing activates the deep muscles, which are responsible for maintaining your correct posture every day. These muscles – although they shouldn’t – often laze around during practice.
How to improve the quality of equivalent items?
First of all, if you want to improve your balance, I suggest you put into practice whole sequences of balance positions instead of individual asanas. You can even think about looping several items. It is important to practice at your level and not start immediately with the bird of paradise and stand on your hands, but gradually increase the level of difficulty. A good start position will be a tree in a variant with a foot on a calf, a position Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana variant with a knee grip. Over time, it is good to modify the sequences to make them more and more challenging. Secondly, my own experience with balance positions shows that the best results are achieved by frequent position attempts.
And I’m not talking only about everyday practice, but about trying “now and then”, not necessarily strictly on the mat. If you want to achieve stability in the position of a dancer, take an hour break from work, leave the computer and try. You will stimulate circulation, your brain will rest for a moment, your breathing will deepen and you will teach your body a sense of naturalness in this very position.
Or maybe try balance positions when brushing your teeth
Of course, this kind of practice is rather fun with the asana itself and may even conflict with the attempt to be “here and now” (brushing your teeth just for brushing, not for asana practice), but it can help you work with your body. Keep in mind that if you plan to practice asana that is complicated for you, then warming up is important, so plan these types of experiments wisely.
Third – have fun and run away from boredom, experiment. Children learn fast because they do it through play, so … play! Look for something that will upset you, find unstable surfaces and see what can be done with them. Roll up the mat and use it to make Utkatasana, Pasasana, Malasana, use a heavily stuffed pillow (pillow tripe will facilitate balance, instead of making it difficult) to perform Navasana, Upavistha Konasana, or Ubhaya Padangusthasana. Go to the gym, use bosu, berets used for healthy spine classes, or look for yoga workshops on surfboards. If you like them, you can invest and choose the right equipment for practice at home.
How much time does it take to be good in balance positions?
Shaping balance positions is very individual, it depends on many factors: body stretching, muscle strength (also those called core) Practice – balancing positions and work on them can bring a lot of joy.), but also from other life activities not related directly to yoga. I have often seen cases of people who like sports based on static or dynamic balance (winter sports, dancing, skateboarding) and easily enter the balance positions on hands such as Bakasana or Peacock. On the other hand, I remember the interview with MacGregor Cinema, which says that it took her many years to get to the position of a peacock. A lot depends on the proportions of the body. People with relatively slim legs, an elaborate and strong chest, will have easy balancing on their arms, and people with pear structure, large buttocks, thighs and calves (hmmm … how do I know this?), And a small top of the body – they will manage better in balance on the feet. Remember that the most important is the road itself.
Maintaining balance positions gives you a lot of satisfaction – you gain a greater sense of control and improve concentration. Keeping balance in your chosen asana can be a real test of skill … so join the Yoga Course and take part in the new challenge: “Balance and Strength in Yoga Iyengar”. Build shoulder strength and prepare your body for the practice of balance positions.
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