BALANCE YOGA POSES

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BALANCE YOGA POSES :
Often the hardest poses to do in yoga, we need to remind ourselves that balance poses are about “getting back on that horse”. Falling is inevitable. Their purpose is to teach us how to focus, persist and persevere with grace and humility. Balance poses challenge us to combine strength and relaxation, to balance the body and mind. The difference between balance poses and all other asanas is the amount of focus they require. They demand our full concentration, to balance our effort and awareness drawing us into the present moment. They develop our core strength and tone our legs and arms. They also improve our coordination, posture and confidence.


Yoga Pose Arm to the Side Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya One-Legged Version 1 Parshva Hasta Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1

Arm to the Side Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya One-Legged Version 1

Parshva Hasta Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1

(PAHRSH-vuh HUH-stuh EY-kuh PUH-duh kown-din-YAHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: bottom knee bent
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend, twist
Drishti Point: Parshva Drishti (to the right), Parshva Drishti (to the left)


Yoga Pose Dedicated to Ashtavakra Prep Ashtavakrasana Prep

Pose Dedicated to Ashtavakra Prep.

Ashtavakrasana Prep.

(uh-shtuh-vuh-KRAHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known As: Eight Angle Pose Prep.
Modification: feet unhooked
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend, twist
Drishti Point: Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)


Yoga Pose Dedicated to Galava One-Legged Modification Eka Pada Galavasana

Pose Dedicated to Galava, One-Legged Modification

Eka Pada Galavasana

(EY-kuh PUH-duh gah-luh-VAHS-uh-nuh)
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend
Drishti Point: Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)


Yoga Pose Dedicated to Sage Vasishta Vasishtasana

Pose Dedicated to Sage Vasishta

Vasishtasana

(vuh-sish-TAHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known As: Dolphin Side Plank Modification
Modification: forearm on the floor; top leg crossed over, heel lifted; top arm extended up to the sky
Pose Type: forearm balance, core
Drishti Point: Hastagrai or Hastagre (hands)


Yoga Pose Dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer Kala Bhairavasana

Pose Dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer

Kala Bhairavasana

(KAH-luh beye-ruh-VAHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: arm extended up
Pose Type: arm balance, core
Drishti Point: Angushtamadhye or Angushta Ma Dyai (thumbs), Padayoragrai or Padayoragre (toes/feet)


Yoga Pose Firefly Pose 1 Tittibhasana 1

Firefly Pose 1

Tittibhasana 1

(ti-ti-BAHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known As: Firefly Pose A (Tittibhasana A), Raised Tortoise Pose (Utthita Kurmasana)
Modification: arms straight, legs parallel to the floor
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend
Drishti Point: Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)


Yoga Pose Scales Pose Tolasana

Scales Pose

Tolasana

(to-LAHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: fingertips pointing to the back, thumbs pointing to the front
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend
Drishti Point: Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)


Yoga Pose Uneven Two-Legged Pose Dedicated to Koundinya Vishama Dwi Pada Koundinyasana

Uneven Two-Legged Pose Dedicated to Koundinya

Vishama Dwi Pada Koundinyasana

(VISH-uh-muh DWI-puh-duh kown-din-YAHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: one forearm to the floor, knees bent
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend, twist
Drishti Point: Padayoragrai or Padayoragre (toes/feet)


Yoga Pose One Foot Behind Head Crane Pose Eka Pada Shirsha Bakasana

One Foot Behind Head Crane Pose

Eka Pada Shirsha Bakasana

(EY-kuh PUH-duh SHEER-shuh buh-KAHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: hips at shoulder height
Pose Type: arm balance, forward bend
Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)


Yoga Pose Lotus Pose in Peacock Pose Padmasana in Mayurasana

Lotus Pose in Peacock Pose

Padmasana in Mayurasana

(puhd-MAHS-uh-nuh in muh-yoor-AHS-uh-nuh)
Pose Type: arm balance
Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)

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