Yoga Poses to Improve Balance

Yoga poses
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Practicing yoga can bring countless benefits, such as increased strength and flexibility along with improved focus being some of the most desired. Some poses are most helpful with cultivating strength, while others are better for flexibility. Not to be overlooked, however, is balance, which is easy to neglect but equally important. Varied practice is the best way to get the most out of any yoga you may do. Strength and balance can often go hand in hand, as can balance and focus. We can see this through some of our favorite poses. Whenever we’re looking for a little more stability, here’s where we go:

Mountain Pose

Stand on your mat with your feet hip-width apart. Feel into the four corners of your feet, and imagine them rooting down into the earth. With your arms at your sides and your palms facing forward, keep your pelvis tucked under and your abdominal muscles lightly engaged. Stand tall and straight, maintaining an awareness of your own stability.

Tree Pose

From Mountain Pose, lift your left foot and place the sole on the inside of your right calf or thigh. Avoid the knee as it’s a sensitive joint. Keep your hands at your chest in prayer position, or imagine you’re a blooming plant and extend your arms up. If you’re comfortable, you can bring your gaze upward as well.