Over the last few years, yoga has become one of the most popular activities out there. According to several therapists, it provides plenty of benefits. If you are one of those people looking for reasons to start practicing yoga, this is the right place to be.
Besides mental and social benefits, it also provides lots of health benefits. For example, it helps improve your balance. Well, we know! Many sports help you with that, but yoga is something special. It makes you a better person. It helps you be at the same time in multiple places. It helps you hear and feel things that you have never heard or felt before.
It’s an amazing thing to do. In fact, this is not a “thing”. It’s a sport like many others, but the difference between yoga and other sports is that it doesn’t exhaust physically as much as you might think. However, it helps you stay in good shape.
Now, returning to our subject, yoga brings with it many techniques to improve the balance. In yoga, they are called poses.
Our topic today is based on adaptive yoga. Also known as wheelchair yoga, adaptive yoga is suitable for all kinds of people, including kids, teens and adults alike. As you probably know, yoga is often associated with people’s ability to twist their bodies in strange positions.
The advantage of adaptive yoga poses is that these are easy enough to perform on a stand up paddleboard as well. Considering that SUP yoga is evidently performed in water, maintaining balance is more challenging as the medium itself is unstable. Experts in SUP yoga recommend wide inflatable boards that are superior when it comes to stability and specially designed for this activity as you get to focus on maintaining balance and getting into the proper position for the pose you choose.
According to several yoga teachers and therapists worldwide, yoga is more about breathing and meditating. However, there are some techniques or poses, how you want to call them, which can help you twist your body into a different position.
Now, let’s talk about some poses that will greatly improve your balance.
As the name suggests, you have to mimic the position of staying in a chair. It is not a complicated pose, but it still is hard to do. This pose works the muscles of the legs and arms, but at the same time, it keeps you back straight. Keeps your feet on the floor and raise your hands perpendicular to your legs. Bend your knees and keep the hands up. Keep your back straight and if you can pull your shoulders against your back. Stay in this position as much as you can. For a beginner, the session should last from 30 seconds to 1 minute. However, don’t force yourself.
Stay like a fish, swim like a fish and float like a fish! This is an inside joke of yoga enthusiasts. To perform this pose, you have to lie on your back and easily lift your pelvis off the floor. Place your hands underneath your body. Raise your head slightly off the floor. Stay like this about 1 minute and return to the starting position. Also, you can bend your knees and lift your pelvis off the floor. Keep your head on the floor and stay in this pose for 30 seconds. Don’t forget to breathe.
Another pose that helps improve your balance is the camel pose. To perform this, you have to keep your knees perpendicular to the floor. Sit back on your heels. Inhale and keep your belly engaged. If you feel pressure in your knees take a break and return to the initial position. Also, you can put your hand behind your knee and mobilize in and out in order to get used to the pose. You can do that with both knees or one at a time. It might sound a bit strange, but some people prefer to put a towel behind the knees. This makes them feel more comfortable and not as much pressure is put on the joints either.
Another pose that requires excellent balance is the dolphin pose. Yes, we know! Another pose named after an animal. That’s nice and easy to remember! To perform this pose you need to keep your hands and feet on the floor. Don’t worry! It takes time to achieve that pose. At first, you have to keep the knees parallel with the floor, your back straight and hands on the floor as well. Don’t collapse your shoulders! Inhale and exhale! Lift your hips and maintain your position as much as you can. This puppy position will help you maintain the spine flexible. The most important thing to remember when exercising a yoga pose is to breathe. Don’t force your body to stay in a position if there is any pressure.