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b a l a n c e
How can we improve our balance? For many adults, balance is hard. I’m talking about actual, physical balance, on one leg, for example. While it might be true that mental/emotional/conceptual life balance is hard too, I want to talk about the body. If you already have a yoga practice, or know a bit about how yoga works, then you’ll know that working the body has a knock-on affect on the mind. The two are interlinked, and quite frankly, working the body is sometimes easier than working the mind, so why not start there?
Search my blog #linkinbio for the full post on this, but here are my top tips for improving your physical balance:
Physical balance requires concentration, or more accurately, focus. If you struggle with physical balance, it could be because the mind is wandering away from the act of holding you upright, and becoming distracted…hence, you fall.
Let go of any ‘outcome’ and just enjoy the process of practice. You’re far more likely to succeed if you stop trying so hard.
DRISTI (YOUR GAZE)
Linked with focussing the mind, is focussing the gaze. Anchoring your gaze (dristi) on one point will help you focus, after that soften your gaze; almost to gaze through it. This helps to relax the mind, and allow you to let go of the tension of ‘concentrating’ on the spot.
Press the floor away from you with all 4 corners of each foot, ensuring your weight is evenly distributed and don't forget to make your toes work for you!
GLUTES & BHANDAS
Your mulabhanda, combined with your glutes helps to keep the pelvis aligned and an internal ‘lifting up’ of our energy. Basically, it stops us dumping all our body weight into the leg we’re balancing on.
LIFT AND BREATHE!
Imagine someone has a string coming out of your sternum (breastbone) and is lifting your torso up to the sky. You’ll instantly feel lighter and more aligned.
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