Health and yoga are all about finding balance. Effort and rest. Elimination and assimilation. Yang and yin. Day and night. Standing strong and stable. Finding balance leads to good health.
In yoga we practice movements and postures to improve balance, strength and attention. These skills help us improve our ways of standing, walking and in daily activities like reaching, bending or turning our heads to look in another direction with confidence.
Balancing poses can instill a deep sense of calm even as they require unwavering alertness. These benefits might actually prolong our lives, helping us avoid falls that can lead to injuries especially as we age. One way to improve our strength is to stand on one foot. When we stand on one foot, one leg must do the work of two.
Standing tall, hold the back of a sturdy chair or the wall with your left hand. Shift your weight onto the left foot and lift the right knee up high, flexing the right foot. If you feel confident, try extending your right arm straight up toward the sky. Hold for five breaths. Release your foot and arm and prepare for the other side.
Grey Bears offers Chair Yoga classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:30am. For more information call 831-479-1055 ext 0, or click here.