In Yoga Sutra 2.46-48, the Sage Patanjali says that “asana should feel stable, comfortable and be done with effortless effort” in order to help guide us to a deeper connection to our inner consciousness. Fast forward to the 21st century, we now know that having an understanding of some basic anatomy may prepare us for better balance in our practice. Did you know that the best designs for stability and balance in nature are found in things with tripod, arches or dome shapes? Ever wonder why it seems that most four legged tables on uneven surfaces will wobble, compared to three legged ones? Our feet are well designed for many functions, two of which are movement and weight bearing. A huge component for these is, of course, balance.
Let’s consider three shapes:
Ready to balance with deeper knowledge and awareness? Apply these 3 steps in all of your standing balance poses:
You may have been instructed in some traditional classes to connect to the four parts of the feet; the front, the sides and the back, but this instruction does not support the anatomy and effective balance. With a better understanding of anatomy, applying these simple steps to all standing asanas should help to improve balance during your practice.
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