Finding Balance On & Off the Mat
When thinking of balance poses, such as the challenging Half Moon, we are reminded of the focus and concentration needed to maintain stability within the body and mind. Balancing brings your attention to the present moment and can be playful, yet frustrating at the same time.
One component of balance postures that can be intimidating is the fear of falling. Let’s start simple.
- Find a single focus point to gaze at (we call this a Drishti in yoga). This will keep your eyes from wandering and help you concentrate.
- Start with the basics. If you are working on a standing balance, start by taking your foot an inch or two off the ground.
- Use the wall for support and build your practice over time.
- Balance is generally better in the morning and may vary depending on the time of day you practice.
- The body is asymmetrical. Your body may be entirely different on one side versus the other.
- Remember to breathe! Sacrificing your breath for a pose only works for a short period of time.
- If you start to fatigue or feel like you are going to fall, come out of the pose. Reset, and try again.
While the physical aspect of balance is visible and we can measure its progress, the key to mastering balance poses is in the approach. Keep a positive mindset. Know that balancing on your mat is just as important as balancing your diet and lifestyle off the mat!