Beginner Yoga for Balance, Yoga with Melissa 269

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Beginner Yoga Balance

Namaste-Yoga-Episode-269What is balance? Balance is an even distribution of weight allowing something or someone to remain upright and steady. It can also mean a condition in which different elements are in the correct proportion or equal. To me it is a combination between stability and flexibility.

I believe that one of the most challenging things when it comes to balance both on and off the yoga mat is accepting that you are going to fall or fail. Coming out of balance is as a big part of coming back into balance. When you fall, there is no need to take it as a personal failure, or a reflection of some kind of personal character defect. Rather it is an opportunity to regroup, practice the courage to try again and persevere. We can practice falling with grace, there is no need to give up, falling is just an opportunity to get up.

Balance is made up of three systems in our body.

  1. Vestibular System. Your vestibular system contains sense organs in your head (mostly in your ears) which regulates your equilibrium. Your vestibular system gives your brain directional information related to your head position in space.
  2. Somatosensory System (Proprioception) Your somatosensory system relies on proprioceptors in your joints and pressure and vibration sensors in your skin and joints
  3. Visual System. Your visual system relies on your eyes to figure out where your head and body are in space and in relation to other objects.

So you need to have good eyes, ears and healthy joints for good balance. Today we have and are going to continue to practice a variety of techniques to improve your balance. It is important to be patient. Balance is one of the 5 components of physical fitness (along with cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility), just in the same way that you wouldn’t expect to build your bicep muscle overnight, it will take time to establish your balance.

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Props Needed: Chair or a Wall for Balance, Yoga Blocks, bolster or pillow, blanket

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Guided Relaxation, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Foot Series, Meditation to Clear Your Mind, 2 standing calf stretches, Tadasana or Mountain, Eye Yoga, Training Your Vestibular System Gradually, Tiger Pose, Savasana or Corpse Pose

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