• Francesca Matteoda

"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create"

That's a Jana Kingsford quote. I actually read it for the first time in a yoga-related newsletter, so I decided to look her up, but to be honest, I couldn't sit through more than a couple of minutes of her video as to me it was a bit too rambling! No judgement there, just my impression. If you want to check her out, you can do that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phmWIiSXP_I

Anyway, I would like to take her awesome quote as inspiration, but focus more on balance from a yoga viewpoint.

Yoga helps you to achieve physical balance through the practice of balancing asanas, whether on one foot or on your hands; it helps you achieve inner balance through pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, calming the mind and helping you to connect body and mind: if your body is relaxed and balanced, your mind is too. That's why balancing asanas can be really tricky to master, even after years of practice: they depend so much on how you are feeling on the day, on how "balanced" you are inside your body and your head. In today's video we'll be doing a short "balance-in-movement" sequence, starting by lifting the right knee and balancing on your left foot. You'll then lean forwards and stretch your right leg out backwards, entering Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana 3), but instead of holding the pose, you'll transition through to a Warrior 1, placing your right foot on the mat and stretching your arms up towards the ceiling. You'll then slowly lift the right foot off the mat, going back to Virabhadrasana 3 with your arms stretched out in front of you and lift them up towards the sky as you bring your knee back up towards your chest and end by exhaling and returning to standing position (tadasana, samasthiti or mountain pose). You'll then repeat the entire sequence with your left leg. I would recommend repeating this three times on each side, but naturally that's up to you!

Don't despair if you don't succeed at first, it can be very difficult for all the reasons mentioned above, but as Jana said, balance is not something you find, it's something you create! Or as Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, one of the greatest yogis of all times said: "Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory" 




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