Balancing and Yoga

Dr. Avi Nov 

Why balancing exercises are very important in our life, and how is it connected to a more balanced lifestyle?

What is balancing about? 

Balancing and stability are different concepts but interrelated. Balancing is the ability to control your body generally without movement against gravity, whereas, stability is the capability to control your body during movement. In Yoga, there are a few balancing postures such as the Tree Pose and Warrior III. These postures are basically static, meaning there is no movement. On the hand, stability is attained through dynamic movements like transitioning from a low lunge to Warrior I.

See here some balancing exercises:

Balancing on two Power Balls

Balancing on Power Balls to Bakasana

Why is balancing exercises so important?

Balancing is important for everyone. In the same way as flexibility, power and mobility, balancing is required to get your body to its healthiest level. At this high level, the body functions at its highest performance without having to borrow power from other parts of the body. It means that no part of the body will be stressed after an exercise. As I will explain below, to lack balance in the body increases the possibility of injuries. 

Reducing risk of fall and injury 

When you fall, quick response time is your key to preventing injury. You want your body to have the capacity for speed, allowing you to respond rapidly enough to catch yourself before fall. The key to building balancing and coordination, is in mastering transitions and developing power.

What is the importance of Yoga?

By preforming yoga, the physical and breathing exercises help us, inter alia, to strengthen the core of the body and improve the reflexes, making it easier to improve the body's physical balance. Various yoga postures include exercises that are aimed in strengthening the abdominal muscles as well as the back muscles, two of the most important groups of muscles that affect the physical balance of the person.

How do we improve Balancing in Yoga?

For some people the yoga balancing exercises, are very difficult. In order to improve your balancing exercises in yoga, you need to follow some guidelines. First, and foremost, is the breathe. It is important to focus on breath to attain balance. Then comes the gaze (Drishti in yogic terms). By fixing your eyes on one point you minimize distractions of your mind. Finally, you need to root down. Press the contact points of your feet into the ground and fixate your attention on them.

If you want to experience with us Yoga balancing possess and life balancing in particular, you may like to join one of our yoga retreats. See here the list of upcoming retreats.

Let's conclude by a quote of B.K.S. Iyengar who said that “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”