When I think of yoga poses to improve balance, I picture an area of exercise that helps someone find their center physically and mentally.
Yoga is a very complex practice and each posture, or Asana, is designed to achieve specific benefits.
The six poses below will help you to align your body's center of gravity as it is relative to the foundation (base) of the body. By establishing a stronger foundation, you can improve the balance of your yoga movements.
Yoga Tree Pose:
Tree is an introductory balance pose that improves your sense of balance and concentration while strengthening the small muscle groups of the foot, ankles and lower legs. Many yogi's use the tree pose as a standing meditation posture that helps them clear their mind of negative thoughts.
Yoga Boat Pose
After all those standing postures, you may appreciate the opportunity to sit down, although this pose can be quite challenging at first. If you find it too difficult, begin with the Half-Boat pose and move up as you feel comfortable.
This posture will strengthen your core, hips, and lower back while also stretching your hamstrings and spine. It is also known to stimulate kidney, thyroid, prostate, and digestive function, relieve stress, and improve self-esteem.
Yoga Crow Pose:
The crow is an arm balance pose that yoga students learn early. Even though it looks like a strenuous exercise for the arms, the key to this pose is identifying your center of gravity and distributing your weight evenly. The biggest problem students tend to have is a fear of moving enough weight forward onto the hands, but once someone is able to find that center of balance, the pose becomes easier.
Dancer Pose/Lord of the Dance:
This is one of the beautiful and graceful yoga poses to improve balance. Once mastered, this posture is a great way to strengthen your feet, ankles, legs, hips, back, shoulders, and abdomen. It opens the chest and lungs, improves concentration and balance, and provides a nice stretch for the spine.
Warrior lll Pose:
Yet another standing pose, warrior lll will tone the entire body by strengthening leg, shoulder, and back muscles, building core strength, and improving posture. It also stimulates the cardio and respiratory systems by opening the chest to allow for better breathing. It can calm the mind, improve memory, and boost energy.
Yoga Eagle Pose:
Besides being one of the more challenging yoga poses to improve balance, the eagle pose works the entire body. Your arms, legs, knees, and ankles will become stronger; your shoulders and upper back will receive a rejuvenating stretch; plus, you will also enjoy the benefits of improved circulation, better digestion, and increased balance and focus.
Besides the obvious advantage of improved balance, these poses offer many other health benefits such as:
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