There are a lot of yoga asanas aimed at improving a yogi’s balance. The entire point of these yoga poses is to improve your stability not just in the pose but also in life. Balance begins from the inside before it is manifested in the perfect asana.
As a beginner yogi and even an experienced one, at times, being able to balance while doing the poses can be a challenge. You can begin by learning the basics of balancing at meditation and yoga retreats. Here are some tips to help you cultivate the art of stillness essential in building balance both on and off the mat.
If your gaze is fidgety, so will be your mind. Keeping your eyes focused on a steady object minimises your distractions and allows your mind to concentrate. When you focus on one object at a distance, the power of your gaze supports you on your pose. The more you focus, the more you perfect your form. For ultimate balance, try closing your eyes and concentrate on your inner self.
Breathing is the bridge that connects your body and mind. Practising pranayama before your asana is the perfect way to relax. Ease up and breathe. Mindful breathing will help your mind relax and your body create balance.
Establish Your Foundation
Press your feet firmly into their corners while at the same time relaxing your toes and lifting the arches. This is the fundamental way to establish a strong foundation. You can apply similar principles to other standing poses to help you balance.
The most important thing for a yogi is to practise self-compassion. Balance is not an outer but an inner state. It can, therefore, shift from time to time. Be patient with your practice and learn to reconcile with your thoughts. The most significant lesson you can learn from yoga is to merge what is and what you desire.