Several years ago I was out with my Mom, sisters, niece and daughter looking for bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding. As we were in the dressing room my Mom said “you can put your trousers on standing up? I can’t balance well enough to do that anymore.” This really made me pause because as we age balance is so important and becomes such a big issue for the elderly. Now I use “putting my trousers on standing up” as my baseline. I know if I can’t do that I need to work on my balance!
In Svaroopa(r) Yoga we say that balance can not be forced or created but like your bliss is found within. If your mind is churning with thoughts, you feel worried, anxious, or distracted you are not going to find balance in your body. When your body and mind are out of balance this will spill over into your life. So how do we find balance?
Yoga gives you many tools for keeping or regaining your balance. One of course is to first learn to balance on two feet standing in Tadasana and letting your weight lean through your leg bones and into your feet. Allowing yourself to feel grounded and connected to the floor. You can also practice balance poses like Tree or Stork, you can use a wall for support and practice standing on one foot.
There is another way to find the balance that is within and that is to work on your mind. Using meditation to quiet your mind will first stop the racing thoughts in your mind and secondly as your mind balances your body will naturally follow, becoming more centered and grounded as you stand on one foot.
If you can’t put your trousers on standing up and you can tell you have poor balance it can become a viscous circle, where do you start? When you practice Svaroopa(r) Yoga you will use poses that are reliable to release the core tensions in your spine and when these tensions release your balance in your body will automatically improve, your mind will begin to quiet and your balance pose will become more steady. All this from releasing the tensions in your spine starting at your tailbone and working up to your rib cage.
If you want to experience more balance in your body, mind and life join me Sunday May 17th at Sohum Yoga for a workshop on balance 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. This workshop is suitable for the beginner to the experienced yogi! Can’t make it this Sunday try any Svaroopa(r) Yoga class to experience profound changes in your body and your mind.
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