Balance and bone strength is an issue for many of us. Some of us can not participate in any high impact exercise, but learning to lean through your bones for support will help.
Yoga's Mountain Pose has many applications and you can use it as a way to improve balance and bone strength.
- Stand with your feet parallel to one another about hip width apart with your spine upright and if possible allow the sides of your feet to be parallel as well.
- Look straight ahead with a soft gaze.
- Bring your awareness to the connection to your feet on the floor and notice the distribution of your weight.
- Shift your weight into your left foot as if it was making an imprint in the sand.
- Allow your body to let go into that side (your other foot is on the floor). Stay with this for about 20 seconds.
- Now, come back to center and notice if that leg is more connected to the floor.
- Do the other side and then come back to center.
This is a great practice to help those wanting to improve balance or bone density as well as overall bone health. It is also a wonderful way to draw your awareness back to the moment when you are feeling stressed.
Do you feel more stable as you stand? Are you heavier into the floor? Let me know in the comments below what you noticed.
Tadasana or Mountain pose is a foundational pose of yoga and is the basis of other poses. There are numerous advantages to learning the simple Mountain pose. Mountain pose promotes improved overall well-being.
The benefits are:
- Promotes stillness and clarity.
- Grounding and solid feeling that helps you get centered.
- Find physical and emotional stability.
- Develops awareness of posture.
- Improves balance.
- Teaches you how to take the inner calm of yoga into life.
Mountains have much to teach us about strength, power, stillness and inner and outer balance. When you look at the mountain, look beneath the landscape and see the subsidence and presence that is there. We all embody that within ourselves.
I heard a funny definition of balance: It is the place you pass as you go from one extreme to the other. There is much truth in that.
Why is it so difficult to live life in balance? What gets in our way?
It is our minds constant state of urgency and it throws us off balance. We end up “doing”, rather than “experiencing”. We tell ourselves that we have to or should get it done and we neglect other things that need our attention.
We live on autopilot and miss out on our day.
Everything we need to get accomplished throughout our day can be done mindfully. Balancing play, work, family is vital to living a full life filled with inner calm and joy.
It takes a commitment to change habits and priorities.
Try this: Turn off the computer and cell phone for a half hour and be fully present with family or leisure,
See how you feel. Let me know in the comments below what you did and how it worked.