How many here love a good challenge with their yoga practice? Stand up and raise your non-dominant hand on your non-dominant leg!
Today, I am writing after being inspired by cYogalife’s Instagram #WinnerInnerBalance challenge back in March 2018. She states that yoga isn’t just finding balance in the physical form; it is also about finding balance on an emotional, energetic, and spiritual level. And even when our daily lives get busy and some days there might not be time to step onto our mats, find and maintain the equilibrium to stay on track.
And you can really tell by how smooth and steady your breath is in whatever you are doing at that moment (refer to: sthira-sukham asanam, sutra 2.46 in Yoga Sutras of Pantajali).
Next time when you are balancing on one foot, see if your inhales are the same length as your exhales. Does your face tense up? Are you clenching your jaw? Do you feel tension radiate throughout your body? All very clear indicator.
As always, I always recommend warming up properly before attempting any of these poses. Find similar shapes that have less load on major joints. Figure out what you need to lengthen, neutralize, and stabilize to make these poses more accessible, and long-term. Do BOTH sides because we tend to favor the one “good” side and resort to that side. See what the other side has to tell you.
If you want to join in as part of this post, tag me on Instagram @rachelwanghere and include the hashtag #KeepGoingKeepStriving. Can’t wait to see what all of you post 🙂
1. Tip Toe Pose with Twist & Half bind
2. Revolved Side Angle with Bind
3. Eagle Pose with Twist In Prayer
4. Boat Pose with Bind
5. Dolphin Pose Variation on Elbows
6. Hand under feet Pose with heels lifted
7. Fire Hydrant Pose With one arm lifted
8. Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose
9. Warrior 3 with Eagle Arms
10. Asymmetrical Side Crow Variation
11. Flying Pigeon Shoe lace Pose Variation
12. Stag Hanstand with Gaze Change
13. Chinstand pose with arms extended
With any balance postures, I always like to see how I can turn familiar poses into unfamiliar ones by adding an extra element to it. Whether it’s adding a twist or change in gaze, these subtleties can make a world of difference.
I find poses that focus more on the balancing skills translate to when I’m rock climbing, especially on the slab wall. That right there is my jam! It helps with transferring of my weight meticulously and with ease, not relying on fast, dynamic movements or brute force.
What are your go-to poses to challenge your balance? Any favorite variations? I love a good ol’ challenge!