B alance means different things to different people. Some of us lead busy and intense lives and our focus is to achieve a better work-life balance. A few of us are looking for mental balance, better productivity and a balanced approach to everyday tasks. Still, others seek functional fitness and bodily balance to maintain their way of life.
No matter what you are looking for, you should know that – all balance comes from strengthening the core. Balance Oil promises to fortify you from the inside and bring about complete and holistic change in a simple and easy way. As a balance coach, I recommend and prescribe this method of finding balance, it is the best and most approachable method for busy individuals – men and women.
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While Balance Oil does its work on your body and mind, there is yoga for your spirit. Yoga is an ancient practice that has been known to significantly improve your mental state and physical health. Science too backs yoga. Practising yoga can help you improve your focus, prevent injuries and relieve stress.
In this blog post, I discuss three yoga poses that toughen your musculoskeletal system and help you build better balance. Together with Balance Oil, this is a complete system of balanced self-care.
Please remember to practice safety first. The exercises outlined here are simple, however, they may require care and guidance by an instructor. Also, talk to your healthcare professional regarding the suitability and frequency of these exercises for you.
- Tree Pose or Vrikshasana
This pose improves stability and strengthens and tones the ligaments and muscles. The pose involves shifting your weight to one foot first before placing the other foot as high as possible on the inner thigh of the standing foot. Ensure that your spine is straight and stretch your hands far over your head – like the limbs of trees. Close your eyes and breathe in and out for as long as you are comfortable.
When you are trying this pose for the first time, begin by placing your foot at the base of the standing foot and then gradually moving it upwards toward your calf and your inner thigh. Go only as high as you can without being uncomfortable or strained. With patience and practice, you will graduate to the expert level where you can hold the pose for a long time.
- Mountain Pose or Tadasana
This pose improves posture and relieves sciatica pain. For this pose, stand with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Now, feel the energy flow from the ground up – through your feet to the calves of your legs to the pelvic region to the navel through your spine and back and up to your head. Ensure that your body is aligned – head over your heart over your pelvis.
When you are a beginner at this pose, you may start with your feet well apart and your hands on your waist. As you progress, try and bring your feet closer together and move your hands to your side with your palms facing outward.
- Chair Pose or Utkatasana
This pose strengthens your thighs and helps stabilise your knees. It involves standing with your feet well apart and then bending your knees so it feels like you are sitting on a make-believe chair. Ensure that your weight is evenly distributed over both your ankles.
Hold the pose and release gradually and do not forget to breathe. Stop if you feel any discomfort or pain especially around your knees. In the expert pose, you can fold your knees to an even 90 degrees, however, get there gradually by allowing your body to adjust over time. Do not exert or strain yourself.
- Pro Tip: Mountain Pose – Chair Pose – Tree Pose Flow
Perform these there poses together in quick succession. Start with the Mountain Pose and hold this pose for the duration of 5 breaths. Now fall into the Chair Pose and maintain the pose for the duration of 5 breaths. And finally, finish with the Tree Pose and hold the pose for the duration of 5 breaths. You could do up to 6 cycles of this flow and you can quicken each cycle and hold the pose for just 1 breath as you transition.
Why do you need a Balance Coach?
As a Balance Coach, I am always trying to find newer and better ways of achieving balance. Whether it is practising yoga, exercising, volunteering, gardening, caring for someone, looking after our health, cooking, nurturing a passion or taking a vacation – they are all valid ways. But some ways are more effective than others.
I myself practise yoga and pilates. I enjoy gardening. I also volunteer for SPCA and love spending every minute of my “free” time at my farm with my beautiful horses. I also vouch for – Balance Oil – as the best way of achieving complete balance. And if you are a vegetarian or vegan – Balance Oil Vegan – is the perfect solution for you!
I know that it sometimes takes a combination of methods to keep you on track and feeling healthy. All it takes is to reach out. Don’t stay stuck if you are feeling out-of-balance. Talk to me today. I am here to guide you.