Many people have the misconception that yoga is all about performing tricky poses such as handstands and headstands. Very few individuals are truly aware that being able to perform yoga poses, you need to master the art of balancing. The purpose of every pose of yoga is to help individual get better control of the body. Through yoga, individuals learn to balance their bodies by pushing beyond their comfort levels while remaining within the limitations of the body. If you also want to master the body balancing technique, here are five poses listed in terms of increasing difficulty:
Start by standing straight with your feet apart. Take your hands and bring them down to the floor while bending the knees. Bring your hands out at least 3 to 4 feet to the front of the toes. While pushing into the palms, lift the hips towards the sky, and press your back into the heels as you flatten your feet onto the ground. Hold your gaze on your legs. Keep pressing your front on your thighs, which will create a flat back.
Starting with the above pose, begin by lowering your forearms towards the ground. Allow your head to drop back on your shoulders. Keep pushing your chest onto your thighs and maintain your heels on the ground. Keep your feet flat. This pose will help you achieve a forearm stand and headstand.
Starting with the high-lunge position, lift your arms overhead and shift your body forward. Now launch off the front leg and raise your hind leg straight outwards behind you. While maintaining your balance on the front leg, point your toes on the back leg downwards, and create a straight line with your entire body. Maintain your gaze on the floor just ahead of your foot.
Start with a squat or malasana pose. Place your feet widely on the mat, allowing your hips to sink towards the floor. Place your hands in a prayer position in front of your heart. Now place your palms on the ground. Your wrists and shoulders should be aligned. While bending your arms, get your knees to squeeze into your upper arms or elbows. Gently rock forward into both of your hands, while coming onto your toes. Press firmly into the hands and lift the feet off of the ground. Your knees will be resting on the back of your arms while you hover above the ground.
Sit up straight, with knees bent and feet placed flat on the ground. Start by pressing your palms on the mat just behind the hips. Now bend slightly at the elbows, and lean in your hands while raising your feet off of the ground. Maintain a straight back while lifting from your chest. Put your arm outwards.
For a more challenging pose, point your legs towards the sky while your hands remain in the same position.
These poses will surely help you achieve a sense of inner balance, by challenging your body’s limit.