Maintaining balance in our bodies and lives is pivotal for having the best life possible. Yoga has become one my strongest practices for maintaining balance in my life. Every time I leave a yoga class I feel as though I have cleaned my slate. Yoga has the abilty to work through the clutter and transform us into a more clear space. Finding balance with in ourselves is crucial to staying on path with the Universe’s plan for us. Here are 5 ways, on and off the mat that you can find “The Balance” in your life.
1. Yoga. Yoga is amazing at balancing the body but there are certain poses that you can do that specifically focus on balancing. Vrksasana or Tree Pose. The physical aspect of balancing translates spiritually. The attention it takes to find balance in difficult poses, helps you to clear your mind. If you find tree pose easy then try Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose).
* Vrksanana- Plant your left foot into the ground, foot pointing straight ahead and pressing all four corners of the foot into the mat. Bring your right foot high into your inner left thigh and resist your foot with your inner thigh by firming your standing leg. Rotate your knee to the side by drawing your tailbone down. Bring your hands to prayer at your heart or reach your arms up to the sky. Find something to focus on that is straight ahead. This is called yoyr drishti. Repeat other leg.
* Natarajasana- Start with your left leg strong and firm just as you did in tree pose then with your right hand, grab the inside of your right ankle. Avoid dropping the chest and instead resist your leg with your arm and reach your leg up high towards the sky. Keep your shoulders and hips squared to the front of the room and bring your left arm forward into wahtever mudra is comfortable for you. Find your drishti and balance as long as you can. Try the other leg.
2. Pranayama or Breathing techiques. Prana meaning life force or vital energy. Nadi Shodhan or alternate nostril breathing is a perfect technique, as it is known to clear out blocked energy channels in the body, creating calm and balance.
* Nadi Shodhan- Sit on the floor, cross legged. Leave your left hand on your leg palm up or down and bring your right hand up to your face. Closing your first two fingers, this is called Mrigi Mudra. Gently close your right nostril with your thumb. Inhale through your left nostril, then close it with your ring and pinky fingers. Open and exhale slowly through the right nostril and repeat. Continue to do this a couple times then go back to your natural breathing.
3. Figure eights. Close your eyes and make slow figure eights with your eye balls. The great thing about this is that it doesn’t take much to do and you can do it almost anywhere, although you might look a little crazy. It is known to connect the male and female sides of your body, making you feel balanced.
4. Balance your bodies ph levels with diet. What you eat effects your bodies chemistry. If you are too acidic you will feel off and vice versa, but most Americans diet make them more acidic then too alkaline.. Eat whole organic foods, free of proccessing, microwaves, additives, and exccess sugar and alcohol. You can buy a saliva test kit online to check your ph levels at home.
5. Sleep. Try and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Irregular routines can cause stress hormones in the body that can cause serious health issues. This complex reaction or “fight or flight reaction” is a natural alarm system that should not be constantly under attack. Proper sleep can prevent you from feeling “off” and creating a spiral of eating bad and feeling unbalanced.
Remember life is all about balance so start making positive life changes with one or two of these suggestions and as you become more balanced, the rest will fall into place.