Hey, anyone else get frustrated with not progressing with balance? I try just to take it one day at a time and focus on the little victories, but i’m finding that I constantly have a hard time with balances. I practice yoga everyday (with the occasional day off) and you can find me practicing poses like tree pose and dancers pose in my kitchen while cooking dinner I think I have a mental block. When I am about to do a class that I know is balance heavy I actually start to get anxious. I’m not sure how to get past this. I’m not expecting anyone to really have advice, just needed to vent a bit, but I would feel better if I knew I wasn’t the only one.
you’re definitely not the only one! I have ‘good days’ and ‘not so good days’ with my balances. Sometimes, it’s as much about how centred i feel that particular day, others I can balance well on one way, but struggle more on the other. I know that when I’m feeling particularly ‘unbalanced’ I’ll just take things back to a more basic form of the pose, for example tree (Vriksasana), I’ll revert back to heel of the bent leg above the ankle of the standing leg, focusing more on the opening along the inside of the bent leg, strong/grounded in standing leg, hips aligned, chest open, soft gaze, then if that feels good, I’ll progress to bottom of foot against the calf of the standing leg, again focusing on that opening in the bent leg and strength in the standing leg.
Yes, definitely notch with any balance pose you are struggling with. Take you time. Also, try focusing on feeling your supporting limb pressing into the floor. This helps stabilize you. This force helps me be more solid especially in Bird of Paradise pose as well as any pose.
You are not alone! I remember going to yoga class with my mother as a child and mum saying I had to keep my eye on one spot. Now I’m nearly 50 and still can’t stand on one foot without flailing everywhere. I have small feet and skinny ankles but broad, heavy shoulders. I think my body is not capable of balancing despite all the mental focus on a drishti point, so I usually have a chair at hand.