The reasons to practice yoga are numerous. Equanimity, strength, flexibility, balance, calm mind, stronger conviction, greater connection to the universe. Each person has their own particular reasons. Yoga has such amazing benefits because the asanas or yoga poses are designed to allow our body to naturally fit into its own alignment. Besides the physical benefits, we also experience relaxation and clearer minds. The poses as well as our focused breathing help this aspect. The third benefit is spiritual.
The balancing poses highlighted in this post will help you find more balance in your life both in your body and the world. You might find it easier to ride a snowboard or surf because your balance has improved or try tougher yoga balancing postures. You might also find the pieces in your life falling into place easier or you might bounce back from adversity quicker than you used to. Your life will have more balance.
Virabhadrasana III - Warrior III
Warrior III builds strength in our cores, legs and glutes. It requires warrior-like focus on our drishti or point of focus to stay balanced. Practicing Warrior III will aid you in navigating the adversity of life as you trust yourself to the process.
Ardha Chandrasana - Half Moon
Connect your standing leg deeply into the earth as you lift up your back leg and shift your weight forward into the palm of your hand. This elegant pose keeps you smooth like the moon. It opens your hips and heart to the universe as well as promoting balance.
Feel roots growing out of the bottom of your feet deep into the earth. Becoming a tree in vrksasana gives us perspective on life. We might feel strong and flimsy at the same time. Like any tree, you must be able to go with the wind. Flexibility is integral to balance as you don't want your tree to snap in the wind.
Bakasana - Crow Pose
A strong core is the backbone of your crow pose. From downward facing dog, plant your hands firmly shoulder-width apart then start to walk your legs up towards your hands. Place your knees onto your triceps or hug your arms with your thighs. Look forward as you shift your weight into your hands. Engage your core. Breathe.
Parivritta Parsvokonasana - Prayer Twist
Twist out your internal organs as you strengthen your balancing skills. Prayer Twist requires both physical and internal balance. A strong core as well as powerful legs will be developed in this pose. As you practice, start to raise your gaze up towards the ceiling as your balance improves.