Yoga is an ancient practice for the health and vitality of the body and soul. It includes a series of poses called Asanas which includes monitored breathing practices and regulations.
There are many poses you can try and select from to create a personal practice session that correspond with your level of flexibility and goals. One plainly understood goal, no matter your fitness level, is always strive for quality of the moves rather than the frequency or the quantity.
Below, I’ve listed some of the health benefits attributed to yoga:
- Muscle and bone health
- Cardiovascular and prevention of heart disease
- Increasing the longevity of life
- Developing balance skills that help avoid falls as we age.
- Improved focus and clarity of mind.
- Pain relief
- Weight loss
- Alertness, concentration and focus
I’ve written extensively about yoga – the different styles, benefits, precautions and how to incorporate it into your regular fitness routine. But in this post, I want focus on how yoga can improve balance.
For beginners, it might be difficult than you expected. It’s a process like any other fitness regimen. But being consistent in your practice and fully focused on the poses will not only result in physical benefits, but you will enjoy personal satisfaction in your achievements as you continue to practice yoga.
There are plenty of poses which aid in improving the balance. The most obvious are those performed standing such as Chair, Eagle, Tree or Warrior 3. Here’s a demonstration video of the Chair pose. Along with the Your Yoga Handbook, I am offering a bonus of a set of 50 of these ‘reminder’ videos to help enhance your yoga enjoyment, performance and safety. Here’s a sample:
Start working on your balance TODAY!
As I’ve written many times, for the beginner, all the poses require practice, patience, focus and the proper guidance from a qualified yoga instructor. This is how you perfect your balance skills to serve you well in everyday life.