Quick tip to improve your balance

The secret of good balance is concentration. If you can try and shut out the chatter from your head and really focus on your balance posture I guarantee you it will feel easier than coming to a balance cold.

That’s why often in a yoga class the teacher will suggest you find a spot ahead of you that you can focus on as it helps you to concentrate before you need to balance on one leg.

it helps is to stand alongside something solid

The downside of concentration being the key to balancing is that there are just some days where it’s really hard to concentrate. Which means balance postures become impossible (and therefore really frustrating to practise). However there is a way to get round this…

If you’re having a day where you feel unsteady, for whatever reason, one thing I find really helps is to stand alongside something solid – a wall if you’re inside or a tree if you’re not.

balance-holding-tree

Being near something that isn’t going to move has a positive effect on your brain and improves your balance – even if you don’t need to reach out to steady yourself – the fact it’s there will help with your balance. The added bonus is that you can use the wall/tree to support you until you’re ready to balance without it.

Have a go with something fairly simply like tree pose:

  1. Stand with the wall/tree on your left
  2. Still standing on both legs, start to move all your weight to your left leg
  3. Lift your right leg so your thigh is parallel to the ground
  4. Move your knee out to the side and place the sole of your foot either on your ankle bone, side of your calf or inner thigh – please avoid your knee
  5. If you feel balanced here then release your hand from the wall/tree (but it’s also fine to keep holding on)
  6. Repeat with the wall/tree on your right and raising your left leg.

balance-with-tree

If that goes well then why not try a slightly more advanced version?

  1. Stand with the wall/tree on your left
  2. Still standing on both legs, start to move your weight to your left leg
  3. Lift your right leg so your thigh is parallel to the ground
  4. Holding on to your foot, extend your right leg out straight
  5. If you feel balanced here then release your hand from the wall/tree (but it’s also fine to keep holding on)
  6. Repeat with the wall/tree on your right and raising your left leg.
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