Good balance is particularly beneficial in sports that demand a high degree of agility, coordination and technical ability. But actually, it’s a win for all. From a physical point of view, one-legged standing poses are great for building strength in the feet, ankles, hips and core. Arm balances build upper body strength, especially in the shoulders and wrists. And twists, simultaneously, train balance, coordination and flexibility.
From a neurological point of view, balance training is great for improving body awareness, body control and coordination. This allows for greater precision, accuracy and efficiency of movement. It also enhances focus and concentration. Furthermore, balance poses and sequences are fun and challenging, which keeps you engaged in your training.
ADVANTAGES OF TRAINING YOGA FOR BALANCE
Yoga offers great variety and complexity of movement to your balance training.
In yoga, we practice static balancing poses. We also flow through balance sequences that are, arguably, more applicable to excellence in sports.
Practicing barefoot enhances the effectiveness of the mechanoreceptors in your feet. These mechanoreceptors pick up subtle sensations as your balance shifts. This makes your movements more accurate and precise.
In yoga, we practice drishti or ‘focused gaze’ in balance poses. Use of the drishti, much like the breath, enhances concentration and focus.