Balancing Stick Pose
The balancing stick pose is one of the poses of bikram yoga and is an intermediate to advanced pose.
Stand in tadasana or the mountain pose. Inhale and raise your arms straight over your head and shoulders. Join your palms together over your head. Try not to bend your hands at the elbows and stick your arms to your ears holding them as close to your head as possible.
Balancing Stick Pose Yoga
Keep your spine and torso straight and relaxed in balancing stick pose. Exhale and bend forward from your hips, keeping your spine straight. Do not bend your knees. Upon bending, push your hips and tailbone backwards and relax. Establish a perfect balance and slowly raise your left leg backwards. Ensure to align your leg with your spine. Balance properly without moving too much. You can press the leg that is supporting your body on the ground firmly.
Keep the toes of your raised leg pointed backwards. Also keep your head and neck straight in line with your spine. Look down at the ground. Interlock all your fingers and join your index fingers together and keep them pointed. Your body should be balanced on one leg and the rest of it should be in a straight line (your head, neck, spine and the raised leg) while in balancing stick pose.
Time to remain in Balancing Stick Yoga Pose
Remain in this position for at least 30 seconds and return to the normal standing position by first bringing your raised leg down and raise your upper body back to the normal standing position. Repeat this exercise with the other leg.
Benefits of the Balancing stick pose
- Balancing Stick pose improves physical and mental abilities by establishing control and balance
- Firms the hips, buttocks and upper thighs
- Increases circulation
- Improves bad posture
- Strengthens the muscles of the heart
- Tones the muscles of the shoulders, upper arms and the spine
- Clears artery blockage and prevents cardiovascular problems
- Relieves stress
Therapeutically it is great for varicose veins, pancreas, liver, nervous system and the circulatory system.
As a beginner, you can use a wall for support for balancing stick pose yoga. You can also hold the wall in front of you by spreading your palms on the wall. Keep practicing until you master balancing stick pose.