We are continuously trying to balance work, family, eating, fun, play, and maintaining the right balance of these things can be really challenging. So essentially balance on the yoga mat is a metaphor for balance in our everyday lives. For example, if an asana gets really hard do we fall down in defeat and come out of it or do we get up again and find our centre and give it another go?
On the mat there are three main tips for getting the best balance possible.
The first is to calm the mind. If the mind is distracted by what happened before a class or all the things that need to get done after class, it’s not able to focus on what’s happening in the present moment on the mat.
The second is to build the yoga pose from the foundation up. So if it’s a standing pose you are doing spread the toes to give a wider, stronger foundation. After the toes are spread aim for an even weight distribution through out the foot. From there, work your way up the body, activating the muscles as you scan your body.
And finally, we have to have an acute awareness of our core and work on strengthening it. Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability.
I think we can apply these same rules to when we are struggling to balance things in our life. If we are flighty, ungrounded and extreme, balance is going to be the last thing that we will achieve. Once we calm the mind and focus on the present moment things become a lot more manageable. Secondly check in with your foundation, the underlying structure of what makes you, you. If we are feeling mentally or emotionally unstable we need to come back to our centre, and find that stable core, once we find that, we build everything on top of it in a balanced and even manner.