We simply cannot practice balance enough. We crave balance at work, in our personal lives, as our bodies change and age, or as we recover from injury or trauma. It is a practice, though. I have been known to throw stink eye at people to say silly things like, “I can’t balance,” or, “I can’t sing,” or, “I can’t draw,” or even WORSE, “I can’t dance.” Really? What are we actually teaching ourselves and those around us when that is our preferred self-talk? You can if you want to. If you actually believe that working on it will end in observable results. And so enough with the preaching already! Let’s take today and practice balancing together – at least with our bodies – so that maybe one day this practice will translate into a deeper inquiry into balance in our lives.

One Legged Tadasana

  • Stand tall and lift your right knee up so that your thigh is parallel to the ground
    • Ground down through your left leg and foot and steady your breath
    • Hands can be in any orientation that supports your balancing practice

Lateral Hip Opener in One Legged Tadasana

  • Place your right hand around your right knee and open your knee to the right so that your thigh is parallel to the short edge of your mat
    • You may find that it’s easier to find stillness if you reach your left arm out to the left

Return to One Legged Tadasana – right knee still lifted

Lateral Twist

  • This time, place your left hand on your right knee and slowly reach your right arm back behind you
  • Initiate the twist from the mid-back
  • For a balance challenge, slowly turn your gaze toward your right hand

Return to One Legged Tadasana – right knee still lifted ;)…this time with kicks!!

  • Place your hands on your hips and exhale with each kick:
    • Kick your right leg slowly forward, attempting to fully straighten your leg
    • Return to lifted bent knee
    • Straighten your leg down without touching the ground with your foot, and kick your right leg out to the right
    • Return to lifted bent knee
    • Straighten your leg down without touching the ground with your foot, and kick your right leg back behind you
    • Return to lifted bent knee
  • Continue the leg kicking series for three reps and then…

REST! Shake out ankles, take a few deep squats and a gentle forward fold, then practice the entire series on your left side.

 Written by Katy K