Asana Category – Balancing Poses

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine balancing poses as a category, and ways to apply this knowledge in teaching.


Become proficient in the nature and effects of balancing poses, and considerations for wisely teaching and sequencing them.


Describe five types of balance poses and give examples for each. Describe the physiology of balancing; include a description of the vestibular system. Provide the general physical effects and energetic effects of balance poses. Explain why balance poses are a vital practice. Summarize six powerful teachings, and then go into detail on each. Describe ways to add challenge to a balancing practice. Provide general considerations related to sequencing balancing poses and sample sequences. [See also: Arm Balancing Poses.]


anantasana, ardha baddha padmottanasana, ardha chandrasana, ardha chandrasana chapasana, balancing poses, garudasana, natarajasana, niralamba, parivrtta ardha chandrasana, salamba, utthita hasta padangusthasana, vestibular system, virabhadrasana III, vrksasana

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