Dr.Hansaji Yogendra, Director at The Yoga Institute, says that one of the key areas that no one talks about for body balancing is the control of breath. Our minds are like monkeys, wanting to jump from one topic to another. When the mind is all over the place, the body simply won’t be able to balance and be stable. So to control the mind, you need to control the breath. Ensure that in every pose and asana, your breathing is normal and you have fixed your gaze at one single point. Both of these things will help to deepen and strengthen not only your asana but also your overall body balance.

Here are 3 asanas suggested by Dr.Hansaji Yogendra, Director at The Yoga Institute, that can help to strengthen body balance:

Ekpadasana

 
 
 
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To get the steadiness in this asana, neuromuscular coordination and concentration of mind is required. This will not only strengthen your leg muscles but also improve your body balance, alertness, and endurance.

For this asana:

  • Stand with your feet together and hands by the side of the body.
  • Using your hands, lift and place the right leg laterally on the left thigh, as high as you can.
  • Once the balance is achieved, join both the hands in namaskar and maintain the pose for a few seconds.
  • Gently release the pose and repeat with the other leg.

Pawanmukhtasana Hansaji J Yogendra’s standing variation

A simple asana that not only gives a deep internal pressure massage to the organs in the abdominal cavity but also releases toxins from the body. When practiced with this variation, it also brings about an overall sense of equilibrium.

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For this asana:

  • Stand with feet together and hands by the side of the body.
  • Lift your right leg, bending it at the knee and with both your hands press the knee on your abdomen.
  • Hold the position for a few seconds and bring your leg down.
  • Repeat with the other leg.

Garudasana

 
 
 
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This asana is also known as the Eagle pose. This asana is important to maintain alertness and flexibility, both of the body and mind. As the name suggests, this asana gives us strength, flexibility and agility of the body as well as alertness, one-pointedness and sharpness of the mind.

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For this asana:

  • Stand with feet together and hands by the side of the body.
  • Gently, wrap your left leg around the right leg, from the front to back.
  • Once the balance is achieved, wrap the left arm around the right arm, at the shoulder level, in front of the face. Join the palms together.
  • Hold this position for 6-8 seconds and gently release the pose.
  • Practice the same thing on the other hand and leg as well.

These simple asanas, if practiced regularly and consistently, can help to bring about a strong sense of balance. This balance is reflected not only in the body, but also in the mind, and all your daily activities as well.