Ever wondered why some people stand on one leg doing Tree Pose or The Dancing Shiva Pose or any other balancing pose? In many yoga classes we are made to do such poses. But why should we do Balance Asanas? Why can we just not do easy and simple poses that will help the body and mind relax, gain strength and improve the functioning of all the body systems? What is the big deal with Balancing Asanas?
To answer these questions, I would state in one line that apart from the physical benefits of these asanas they usually give more mental benefits than other asanas. Physically, we strengthen, loosen and elongate our muscles, realise the centre of gravity and improve the function of the equilibrium receptors in the brain. And mental benefits? The balance poses teach us how to keep our attention focused and regardless of the external stimulation, how to stay steady in one place for a while, and how to find inner centre and equanimity—all these are important qualities both on and off our yoga mat. One attains improved coordination, increased physical strength and more stability — balancing poses can offer many emotional and spiritual benefits, too.
Let us have a look at few other important advantages.
1. Improve concentration.
Well, first thing first. These asanas require concentration. We really need to be focused to adopt a pose and then stay in that pose for some duration of time while maintaining equilibrium. When we do a balancing pose, we become focused, and this practice eventually helps to stay focused in activities of our daily lives too, thus improves concentration.
2. These are real stress busters.
Balance asanas induce nervous balance and remove stress, anxiety and worries. You can try it anytime on your own. When you are tensed or mentally tired then try out any balancing posture for as long as possible, start with an easy one if you are a beginner. And see how soon it refreshes your mind.
3. Makes one emotionally and mentally strong.
These poses teach us how to smile and start over again when we fall. While trying a balancing pose, we tend to lose balance in the beginning. Sometimes we fall too. It becomes very frustrating when we lose balance over and over again and are unable to maintain a pose because oh dear, we love perfection without having patience. That seems even more embarrassing when we are falling in front of fellow participants. But the passion, determination and dedication to keep going helps the mind to become capable of getting up after a fall on the mat or beyond the mat in life. These poses really help us to make lemonade when life throws lemons at us.
4. Sharpens Awareness.
Yes. When we are holding a pose we keenly observe our body movements in an attempt to not lose balance. Our brain becomes more active. Science believes that right hemisphere of the brain governs the left side of the body and the left hemisphere supervises the right side. These poses stimulate cerebellum thereby helping in improving awareness and also coordinating the left and the right side of the body.
5. Inducing trust on oneself.
The best part of balancing poses is that these help us to trust ourselves and to know that we are stronger and more capable than we think. Trust and believe in your own self can do miracles and wonders. I’ve personally learnt about my potential by doing these postures. And I know that that’s not my limit. Doing these poses provide a wonderful opportunity to connect to the body, to the inner self and know more about the wonders of this body-mind complex.
6. Potentially alleviates many ailments.
To mention a few poses, poses like Garudasana (the eagle pose), Eka Pada Pranamasana (Tree pose) help to strengthen and tone the leg, ankle and foot muscles. Garudasana, especially, helps in relieving sciatica and rheumatism. Likewise other balancing poses also posses the ability to aid the body to be healthy.
So, Voila! A few postures have been mentioned below that you can try anytime you want.
- Eka Pada Pranamasana (Tree pose)
- Natraja asana (Dancing Shiva pose)
- Eka Padasana (One foot pose)
- Garuda Asana (Eagle pose)
- Meru Dandasana (The spinal column pose)
Do let us know how you felt after doing these asanas. We would love to see you be a pro in these poses. We wish you a “Balanced” and happy life ☺