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Strengthen your body and mind with balancing asanas
The balancing asanas enhance the balancing mechanism by imparting a lot of stamina to physical body. With these asanas, focus and mental stability also improve, giving one a feeling of being more grounded and stable.

BEFORE PRACTISING these asanas, you need to be sure of your focus. Try to get rid of all your negative thoughts and emotions and then you are all set to practice these asanas.

 

The first asana in balancing sequence is a tree pose or 'vriksha-asana'. To do this, lift your right leg and keep it atop of your left thigh and slowly join your palms and do namaste. As you inhale try to lift your arms up slowly and stay focused while settling on a point.

Take five to six deep breaths in this position. It gives a lot of mental stability, if you keep looking at one point in front of you then you can actually remain balanced in this position for long. As you exhale, drop your arms down towards your chest now, slowly release your legs and then release your arms down.

The second pose is 'virabhadrasana 3'; it is a warrior pose. Take your right leg back and place it comfortably on the mat, stretch your arms forward and bend forwards. Stay in this position as long as you are comfortable; it is a preparation to do virabhadrasana. Now slowly move your leg forward and lift the other leg on top as much as you can; stay in this position for four to five breaths and slowly drop down your leg towards the mat and slowly lift your arms and chest up and join your legs together. As you finish with one leg, try to do the other leg also, so that it balances both the parts of your body.

The third asana in the balancing sequence is the 'bakasana or the crane posture; it is an arm balancing position. Slowly go down towards the floor and keep your palms down on mat; when you keep your arms down, try to keep your fingers separate and press every finger equally to the floor. Now slowly walk your toes forward and place your knee on top of your triceps. Once you are there try to move your hip upwards and forward. Once you get to nice balancing position, lift one leg at a time and look at a point and then lift the other leg slowly with control. As you exhale, drop your toes down, heels on the mat and come up to standing position.

 

The next asana is 'tolasana'. You first come to a sitting position and then do 'Padma asana'. In this position keep your back straight and use your abdominal muscles to lift up. So, you place your arms on the side of your hips and now lift your hips up and your knee up and stay there. And try to stay in this position for four to five breaths. As you exhale, slowly drop your hips and knees down and relax your legs.

 

All these sequences requires a lot of practice; they look very simple but require a lot of mental focus than your physical body strength, reported indiainteracts.

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