Balance poses are challenging because they require muscular stability and body awareness.
Balance poses require you to stay present and out of your headspace.
Whether your trying to stay centered in tree pose or walking down the street, your body is constantly adjusting to keep you stabilized.
Proprioception is the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium (medicinenet.com). Playing tennis, driving, or another other movement requires proprioception.
It becomes more difficult in balance poses because we ask our bodies to use proprioception and activate particular muscles to stabilize us. While balance poses may not look like muscular work, they definitely are!
Keys to Balance:
- Core Stability: For most people, the center of gravity is in the lower core area. That’s why core activation is particularly important to balance poses. (wisegeek.org)
- Drishti: A yoga term to describe your gaze. Focusing your eyes on a point in front of you not moving, often helps maintain balance.
- Move Slowly: When you enter any balance pose slowly, you can concentrate on what muscles you are trying to engage and stabilize (hello, proprioception!).
- Use walls and other props: Lean your back against the wall for standing balance poses like tree, or use a stack of books to bring your hand to the floor in half moon. These props can make all the difference!
Practice Balancing Poses
Beginner Balance Poses
Intermediate Balance Poses
Advanced Balance Poses