WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Yoga is a great way to help improve your balance and keep you centered.
- There are many poses that you can do from anywhere with no equipment that can extremely improve your balance.
- You can always modify any yoga exercise or pose to fit your current abilities.
We spend all day balancing our work, and personal lives, while ironically neglecting our literal sense of balance.
Solid physical balance is more than just being able to stand on one foot. The ability to balance prevents future injuries, improves your focus and relieves stress. One of the best ways to improve your balance is by learning easy yoga exercises and poses that you can do anytime, anywhere.
Yoga balance exercises bring your mind back into the present moment and help you find your center while your subconscious sorts itself out.
Tree pose is a wonderful pose that teaches balance while toning the muscles of the legs. This elegant pose is not as easy as it looks, but over time it builds tremendous inner and outer strength and a great feeling of accomplishment as you learn to balance on one leg.
Half Moon Pose
The moon pose has a unique symbolic significance in yoga mythology. In hatha yoga, for example, the sun and the moon represent the two polar energies of the human body. In fact, the word hatha itself is often divided into its two individual syllables, “ha” and “tha”, which are then interpreted as the solar and lunar energies. For more on this, follow the link above!
Flowering Lotus Pose
This one naturally helps lengthen your spine by keeping your posture pristine. Because of the position, this pose is also great for increasing blood flow, and stretching the ligaments in the knees and ankles. Follow this link to learn more about this balancing yoga pose.
Chair pose is a standing yoga posture that tones the entire body, particularly the glutes and quads. It improves balance and posture, while also building energy and heat in the body. If you want to learn more about this balancing yoga pose, check out the website linked above.
If you’re a runner or someone who likes to workout a lot, chances are your feet could use some extra love. Here’s a tranquil pose that will stretch your arches and toes, but will also open your hips and challenge your sense of balance.
This one is a Hatha Yoga arm balance that challenges the mind-body connection in the most fun way and at the same time strengthens the core. It strengthens the abdominal organs which can aid in digestion and support the lower back. For more on this balancing pose, follow this link.
The eagle pose is great for loosening and strengthening the ankles and hips, as well as shoulders and wrists. It’s also great for strengthening your legs and increasing your balance. For more on this, follow the link provided above.
Bird of Paradise
This one has many benefits ranging from strengthening the hips, pelvis, and quads, to loosening the hamstrings and calves. This one will also aid in toning your legs and correcting posture and improving balance. Check out this website for more on this all-in-one yoga exercise!
By strengthening your lateral hips you will not only improve your yoga practice, but it will also balance your body and prevent injury, so that you continue to walk, vinyasa and run for years to come. For more on this yoga exercise follow the link above.
The balancing table pose improves balance, memory, focus and coordination. This posture also builds core body strength and lengthens the spine. You can also use different variations to switch it up and modify.
The firefly pose, also know as tittibhasana, deepens hamstring and hip flexibility, opens the chest, and helps you find new strength and balance. For more on this yoga exercise, follow the link provided above.
In yoga mythology, warrior II—also known as virabhadrasana II—refers to an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva, who is described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs and wearing a tiger’s skin. When performing this pose, remember the power of its origins.
This one is great for getting a deep stretch. It stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, ankles, hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves. On top of this, it relieves the stress of the day and has been know to improve digestion. For more on this balancing yoga pose, check out this link!
This exercise balances the nervous system and improves the ability to concentrate. It also stretches and opens the muscles of the chest and hips and strengthens the extensor muscles of the back and hips. This asana also develops the sense of balance and aids in leg and foot stability.
The pushup plank mainly targets your rectus abdominis, your most visible ab muscle, your transverse abdominis, which lies under your main ab muscle, and your erector spinae, the muscles of your low back. By improving all of these muscles, you will be more balanced.
As you perform bridge pose, you will become more alert in both body and mind. This rejuvenating backbend will open your chest up and keep your spine flexible. Follow this link to learn more about this yoga balancing pose.
These are great for balance and concentration, as well as circulation. Some examples of inversions are, handstands, forearm stands, plows, and shoulder stands. If you are a beginner, check out the modification options. For more on these inversions, follow the link provided above!
Lunge With Mock Sobriety Test
Sobriety tests are designed to assess coordination of movements, since alcohol impairs neuromuscular communication. That’s why a mock version of the roadside test can work as a training tool. Step forward into a lunge pose with arms out wide at shoulder height. For stability and balance, engage your core and buttock muscles of your back leg.