January 25, 2005
Finding Balance with Yoga
For thousands of years, yoga has been touted for helping to still the mind. Balancing poses—such as tree, dancer’s, and one-leg balance—are prime examples of how yoga helps to do exactly that. When you’re concentrating on these poses, you can’t think about anything else, because the moment your mind wanders, you begin to lose balance, and you’re brought back to the present.
In fact, balance postures require so much focus that they can be challenging, but that’s also what makes them fun. The most important part of doing them is maintaining a sense of humor. If you lose your footing, just take a breath, and get back up. With practice, you’ll improve. Besides, the process of getting into the pose is what’s important, not what the result looks like.
Some of the body benefits include increased flexibility, more strength, and better posture—the latter two a result of holding each pose for the length of a few breaths. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, every time you practice, you sharpen your mental focus, take time to breathe, and move your body, keeping it healthy, strong—and balanced.
Posted by Lisa at January 25, 2005 12:39 PM
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