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How do You Find Balance?

How do You Find Balance?

Laurel_Headshot_SD.croppedHave you ever found yourself struggling to balance in high lunge or triangle pose?

It seems ridiculous that with two feet on the ground, our balance would be compromised. But I see it all the time in my students and clients.

So how do you find balance? It starts by finding your center physically and figuratively.

Tip #1:

Build the pose from the ground up, just like you’d build a skyscraper. Make sure the weight bearing parts (foundation) are properly set. Feet not too close or not too far apart. If you’re in a pose where the front leg is bent, step the feet far enough apart that the front leg can bend 90 degrees.

Tip #2:

iStock_woman_lungingUnplug the pose by putting your hands on hips or on the floor or blocks so you can support yourself and easily move your feet precisely to where you want them. This is critical. If you are stepped too wide, you’ll get exhausted quickly; stepped too close and you will teeter.

Enjoying learning these tips?

If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. The next one starts on July 11th and there are still some seats open.

Then let me know here how your practice is going!

Love and brilliance,

Laurel

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One Response to “How do You Find Balance?”

  1. Nell says:

    A little over a year ago I encounterd a carnial sacral practioner who uses perfect solids as an exacting tool in her work. It seemed logical to me that if perfect solids can help balance and align the suble bodies, then why not use them on the physcial body as well.

    So, in my asana practice, I began to imagine myself inside an octahedron. I did this for several months without much improvement. Then one day as I was watching a You Tube clip of David Garrigues, I had an “Ah Ha” moment. David was talkiing about Mula Bandha on a physical level.

    He described this by touching the tip of his index fingers together to represent the head of the pubic bone, touching the tips of his thumbs together to represent the coccyx, and the two points that formed to the left and right were the sitz bones. David called this the “diamond center”. I saw in his hands the 4 nodal points in the center of my imaginary octahedron. It occured to me that the center of the octahedron might be my pelvic floor rather than the region around my stomach.

    The next day when I got on my mat, I made the necessary changes in my imagination and the result has been astounding. Where I FEEL balance coming from is the “diamond center”. If those 4 points are engaged and aligned, the feet/legs seem almost, but not entirely, secondary rather than primary. The same feels true of the head/shoulders in inversions. …At least for now. :>)

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