It can be challenging for some to simply stand on one foot for more than 10 seconds. This course begins at that starting point, with the Yoga Anatomy Video "Learning to Balance on One Foot", then progresses through the Yoga Foot Balance Poses from beginner to advanced. Have fun!
Yoga Anatomy Video
Learning to Balance on One Foot
The foot balance poses can be very difficult if we don't feel stable when balancing on one foot. This video show you how you can strengthen the muscles of the standing leg and get more confidence when balancing on one foot.
Beginner Pose Videos
Tree Pose - Vrksasana
Tree Pose is a great beginner balancing pose. It challenges you to feel rooted and to strengthen your foundation when balancing on one foot. And, like any balancing pose, it's a great way to calm your mind and create a pin-point focus, since that is what is required to hold the pose steady.
Intermediate Pose Videos
Warrior 3 Pose - Virabhadrasana 3
The Warrior III Pose is a great pose to challenge your balance, strength and focus. Try to keep your gaze fixed and your mind quiet, feeling all of the subtle shifts that happen in the body. This is a pose that increases the flexibility of the hamstrings and opens up the hip.
Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana
Half Moon pose is challenging due to its demand on the strength and flexibility of the legs, as well as on your ability to balance and stay focused. It is a Standing Pose that targets the legs, buttocks, and hips, and improves balance and strength.
Dancer's Pose - Natarjasana
Fiji takes you through a few versions of the dancer's pose that are progressively more difficult, finishing with full Natarajasana. This pose requires a significant amount of flexilbility in the hip flexors and spine, as well as an unwavering sense of balance.
Eagle Pose - Garudasana
Eagle Pose develops ankle strength, removes stiffness in the shoulders and helps create poise and strength in a difficult balancing pose. Do your best to keep both the hips and the shoulders square forward when doing Garudasana. It stretches and tones muscles of the leg and can help relieve cramps of the legs.
Advanced Pose Videos
Revolved Half Moon Pose - Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
This balancing twist involves a torso rotation which strengthens the core, cleanses the digestive organs and increases mobility in the spine. The standing leg is being toned and stretched, especially in the outer gluteal muscles and in the IT band. Be sure to engage the quadricep of the standing leg and avoid locking the knee.
Standing Splits Pose - Urdhva Parasarita Padasana
Standing Splits Pose stretches the back of the legs and improves circulation in the abdominal organs. It requires flexibility, focus and steady balance.
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvidasana
Bird of Paradise pose challenges your focus, balance, strength and flexibility. It's one of the more difficult poses to do well, since it demands so much from the body. This pose strengthens the standing leg, ankle, knee and thigh. This pose strengthens the legs, improves balance, opens the groins and hamstrings.
Extended Hand to Big Toe Sequence - Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
This is a very challenging sequence, moving through Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, as well as variations on the pose. Each variation stretches the legs differently and challenges your ability to remain anchored as you balance on one foot.
This Yoga 101 course begins with a Yoga Anatomy video on how to properly balance on one foot - by energizing the leg and strengthening the muscles around the ankle. It then takes you through beginner to advanced-level Foot Balance Poses, starting with Tree Pose.