Life is a Balancing Act

Happy Tuesday everyone!

To all my readers out there , I hope your week is going great. How many of you are trying to balance two, or more, things at the same time? How many of you are succeeding? It’s a tough job! From the time we are old enough to go to school we are told to balance school and home. We are told to do our homework and told to do our chores. As adults it has not only changed from school to work but it has exploded with the amount of balancing we have to do.

For some people balance is quite simple. They focus on something to accomplish the task before moving onto the next. Some people fall over or stumble again and again. To those that stumble, you are not alone. We have all been there.

Today’s pose is about balance. One of the main things to do in any balance pose is to make yourself tall. When we get nervous with hunch or shrink down. The second thing to do is to focus on something that isn’t moving. You can even perform this with a wall or chair for the first few times until you get comfortable.

Today’s pose: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana- also known as extended hand-toe pose- stand firm with both feet into the floor or mat. Bend your knee enough to grab the foot. If the foot is unattainable, you can grab anywhere on your leg. Focus on something that isn’t moving and slowly straighten your leg. Lift your opposite arm into the air if you can and if you want to. Stand here breathing for 20-30 seconds. Then make sure you repeat for the other leg. Keep in mind that each side if completely different and may be worse or better.

What this pose works: quadriceps, lliacus, deltoid, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, flexor capri ulnaris, psoas major, Palmaris longus, hamstrings, quadratus lumborum, pirformis, superior gemellus, obturator internus, inferior gemellus, flexor digitorum longus, gluteus medius, gluteus maximus, gracilis, adductor magnus, tibialis posterior, and flexor hallucis longus