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Yoga Poses for Better Balance

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    Tree Pose

    Begin standing in mountain pose. Transfer weight into right foot and bend left knee, opening from hip out to the left. Keeping hip open, place the bottom of left foot on the inside of right thigh or shin (not the knee). Take hands together at the chest in a prayer. Lengthen down through the tailbone and draw shoulders down and together on your back. Breathe here for at least five deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.

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    Eagle Pose

    From standing, hug right knee to chest. Bend left knee and cross right leg around left leg, hooking right foot on either side of left leg. Wrap right arm under left arm and press palms together, fingertips facing up. Sit down low while keeping hips square and lift up through elbows and fingertips. Upper arms should be parallel to the ground and fingertips reach away from your face to open the shoulders. Stay here for five long, deep breaths. Unwind and repeat on other side.

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    Diver's Pose

    Begin standing in mountain pose. Softly bend knees and come high onto the balls of the feet. Hinge forward from the waist, keeping arms on either side of the torso, palms facing toward one another. Pull belly buttoin toward spine and allow head to dive toward the ground. Try to stay here for five deep breaths.

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    Revolved Half Moon Reps

    Start in a supported warrior III with both hands on the ground, standing on left leg with right leg high behind you. Reach left arm to the ceiling, keeping right fingertips on the ground. Look up at left thumb in Revolved Half Moon Pose (pictured), take a big breath, and, staying soft through knees, take left hand to the ground and start to reach right arm to the ceiling, opening through the hips into Half Moon Pose. Take a big breath here, then reach right fingertips back down to the ground to Warrior III. Do this sequence five times, then repeat on the other side.

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    Warrior Three Roll-Ups

    From standing, hug right knee into chest, inhale arms high and leg long, and roll down, reaching right leg behind you and fingertips to the ground or, for extra balance and core work, reaching arms on either side of waist, fingertips pointing toward right foot. Take a big breath here in warrior III (pictured). Round right knee into nose (or keep leg straight for more of a challenge) and come up to stand. That's one rep. Do five times, then repeat on the other side.

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    Dancer Dips

    From standing, shift weight onto right leg. Bend left knee and grab the inside of left ankle with left hand. Gently lift left leg and press ankle into hand to open the back. Reach right arm straight up. This is Dancer Pose (pictured). From here, keeping back leg as is, reach right fingertips to the ground. Come back up to dancer pose. That's one rep. Do five times, then repeat the whole thing on the other side.

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    Tip Toe Pose

    Begin in a standing forward fold with hands on the ground. Transfer weight into hands, and, keeping toes and knees together, rise up on the balls of the feet, bend knees, and squat, lowering butt to hover just above heels. Walk hands back to so that they are on either side of you, and take one hand to the center of the chest in a half prayer. Then take the other hand to the center of the chest in a prayer position. Try to breathe here for at least three deep breaths.

 

Heidi Kristoffer

Heidi Kristoffer is the creator and producer of Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga & MSN Yoga, creator of CrossFlowX, wellness expert for multiple online platforms, and mama to baby twin girls.  More →

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