It is important to maintain a good balance through regular exercises. Practising balance through movement is more challenging than static postures, but it nevertheless increases one’s body awareness, coordination, and strength. This exercise requires your entire body to work together to maintain stability. It promotes stability, in both the body and the mind. It is therefore important to quiet the mind and stay focused on the movement itself.
- Begin by balancing on your left leg with your right knee bent at a 90-degree angle in front of your hips.
- Lift and extend your hands out to each side.
- Hinge at your hips, tighten your core, and raise your right leg out behind you.
- Begin to lower your torso forward and reach your right hand to touch the inside of your left ankle. – Return to the start position.
- Reach your right hand down to touch the outside of your right leg near your calf.
- Complete this sequence eight times on one side.
- Repeat on the opposite side – balance on your right leg and lift your left knee.
- Complete the sequence eight times on this side as well.
Remember to smile while doing the exercise (it is also fun to do with kids)! Continue this practice throughout your week to improve your overall focus, balance and body awareness.