Harmony of balance.
Here comes the winter. The inhabitants of Costa del Sol feel its breathing in the cold mist descending from the mountains, rustling over palm leaves. We feel fresh nights and do not want to take off our pyjamas…
Yes, winter is a wonderful time of the year! It is not like in Russia. But also on the Sunny coast the winter sets on thinking about harmony and balance in an endless life cycle…
With the change of the season, our self-awareness also changes. We become sleepier and less mobile. This “plaid” mood sometimes grabs all family members, including children, for whole weekends!
We continue to do sports (running, walking, yoga, swimming, etc.) But we do it with a different mood – the winter mood. Winter requires us to adjust our practice. The days become shorter, the nights become longer. The nature falls asleep, saving its resources and saying goodbye to everything unnecessary. In Costa del Sol rain season is coming. In such days that you need a warming and soothing practice. You want to breathe with nature in a single rhythm.
In yoga practice balances have the same contradictory features at first sight. Balances are complex collective poses which need simultaneous work of different body parts and consciousness. This practice gives birth to the harmony of body and mind.
But where to get the inspiration for practice? Let’s go to the coast, where full of life sea washes dead rocks and where fluidity meets with immobility.
Watching the sea waves rolling on the stones is already a wonderful meditation and it soothes the mind vibrations. This is the very essence of yoga (as stated in the oldest yogic texts). But if we try to keep the balance on a slippery uneven stone, without paying attention to the inconvenience of the surrounding conditions (sun, waves, crabs, shells, etc.), then at the output we get uncharted body sensations and step on a new stage of our consciousness.
Balances in the sitting position need a lot of activities with hands and feet. The main trick is to find the right fulcrum and keep up a balance due to the elongated lumbosacral department and the tone of the muscles of the abdominal cavity. Yet, here it is necessary to fall more than once, to withstand Navasana (a pose of a Boat) and its variations!
Balance with the knees support is a practice for those who has a strong spirit. It will need adding mobility to the main joints of the legs (hip, knee, ankle) at first, so one should get used to the rather dense pain sensations in such positions. The whole point is in the low mobility of the knee joint in daily life and, as a result, insufficient nerve conduction in this zone. Well, this is no problem, after a few lessons with a competent teacher and years of your hard practice. And you think that everything will do a teacher for you? :)) After that your knees will be your friends in asana and in life!
Balances with hands support is more of a male theme. Women have less developed the upper extremity belt than the lower one. But this practice will help you find harmony and balance in muscle strength.
The variations of Lolasana (Pose of an Earring) and Tolasana (Pose of Scales) are great exercises for those who want to gain confidence in their abilities!
Favourite balks on one leg, such as, Vrikshasana (Pose of a Tree) is a perfect example of immobility in motion: every second you must catch a foot support, pull the knee cup up and control body’s gravity centre. Oh! This work is not easy! Add to this uneven and sometimes sharp stone surface – and now yoga has merged with reflexotherapy and with all the might heals your body and soul!
But try to test yourself and do something more complicated – the variation of balance on one leg from sitting position – all known for school physical education “gun pose”. Do you want to learn the secret of the correct entrance to the asana? This pose makes two-thirds of it…
Well, finally balance with the support of one hand and leg – the variations of Marjarianasana (The pose of a Cat) and the Planck pose. These are excellent postures for training small groups of skeletal muscles, balance and attention. Add them to your daily practice and soon notice how much more organic you feel in your own body!
Well, while the winter continues …