Balancing asanas is not just stress relief yoga poses. They offer us so much more.
What they do to our body. By practicing balance postures you exercise the part of your brain that is responsible for all your movements and their coordination. That has as a result a more natural and harmonic way of being when it comes to our movements. Another physical benefit is that they strengthen our muscles and joints.
Psychical benefits. By practicing balance yoga poses you become balanced and harmonized in an emotional, mental and spiritual way.
Having to stay calm and patient on the posture makes you slow down your thinking and your breathing, making it very relaxing for the mind and a perfect preparation for your meditation session.
Here are some balancing asanas for beginners.
When practicing any of these balancing asanas focus on a spot in front of you. It could be anything. A spot on the wall or something out of your window; something decorational on the wall etc. This spot should be on the same high level as your eyes.
***Before practicing any posture you should always remember to listen to your body and not overcome your limits. If something feels tough don’t pressure your body to do it.
Don’t practice any of these postures if you have low blood pressure, headaches, dizziness or insomnia.
If you have any other health issues please consult your doctor before practicing them.
Read the Medical Disclaimer.
Vrikshasana- the tree pose
- Begin by standing in Tadasana (mountain pose).
- Transfer you weight to your right leg and start bending your left knee. Grab your left ankle and place it as close as possible to your pelvis with your sole applying on your inner thigh.
- If you cannot place your foot so high, you can place it on a lower part of your leg. Wherever it feels comfortable.
- You can use your hands, outstretched on the sides, to find your balance.
- When you feel balanced enough you can bring your palms together in front of your chest or even above your head. Don’t forget to focus on the spot you have chosen.
- Stay in this pose as long as you feel comfortable but not more than 2 minutes.
Don’t forget to repeat on the opposite side.
This posture strengthens the legs, the sole and the ankles.
Caution: Avoid this pose if you have problems with your knees or hips.
- Stand up with your feet looking straight ahead in the mountain pose.
- Bend your knees a little bit and place your left thigh on your right thigh with your left foot clasping your right calf. If you can’t clasp your calf just let your foot reach the floor.
- Bring your arms outstretched in front of you and place the left arm on top of the right arm.
- Now bend your elbows, wrap your forearms and press your palms together.
- Be sure that your right knee is not twisting. It should point in the same direction as the foot.
- Stay in the pose 30 seconds or less.
Do exactly the same on the opposite side.
Benefits of garudasana
Strenghtens legs, knees, ankles and arms. Benefits the arms, shoulders and legs joints.
Caution: Don’t do this asana if you have any kind of problem in your knees wrists or elbows.
Natarajasana-dancers pose (beginners variation)
- Start as you did in the two poses above, in Tadasana.
- Bend your left knee and grab your left ankle with your left hand bringing it backward and upwards.
- Bring it as high as you feel comfortable and make sure that the knee is looking down and not on the side. It’s very important that the leg is not turning to the side at all.
- The same about your pelvis. It should be looking straight to the floor and not be turning to the side.
- Your left hand should be stretched out in front of you and slightly upwards.
- Fokus on your left hand.
- Stay as long as you feel comfortable.
Repeat on the other side.
Physical benefits of Natarajasana. It stretches the thighs, the abdominal organs and muscles; the chest, the arms and the spine. It strengthens the legs and the ankles.
Caution: Don’t practice this asana if you have problems with your back.