Balancing Stick Tips
Learn to love this pose and your spine will be forever grateful!
As with all our postures, setting them up and moving in and out of them maintaining alignment is just as important as what we do while we are in them.
Bring your arms over your head sideways until your palms are together.
You arms should be touching with your ears, throughout this posture from beginning to end. Engage your arms, actively press your palms together, locking out your elbows, so your arms are straight, no gap between your arms and head.
Keep your chin up and eyes focused forward at one point in the mirror.
Engage both legs, tightening your quadriceps and locking both legs out.
Engage your core, pulling your belly button to your spine
The goal is to bring the upper body down and stretch the left leg back, until your whole body, arms, head and left leg are all parallel to the floor.
You will often here your teachers say, “you body should look like a T as in
As you are building strength and gaining flexility, you may be more umbrella then T, but always keep that T in your minds eye. Picture yourself in the perfect posture and one day you will be!
– Continuously stretch your body forward, trying to touch the mirror.
Inhale, move your upper body up, arms still engaged and pressed against the side of the head. Move your left leg back down to the place next to the right. Keep everything engaged, arms, legs, core, until your are back to your starting upright position, ready to move straight to the other side.
Increases cardiovascular circulation, especially to heart’s blood vessels.
May help clear blocked arteries.
May help prevent future cardiac problems.
Creates a total spine stretch, relieving stress from spine.
Good for varicose veins.
Builds strength in legs.
Exercises pancreas, spleen, liver, nervous and circulatory system.