It might not feel like Fall in Florida, but it officially is today. September 22nd marks to Autumn Equinox and beginning of fall. The Autumn Equinox marks when the night and day are of equal length. Because of this, many people view the equinoxes as a day of balance. If light and dark are in perfect harmony and equilibrium, why aren’t you?
Take some time today to honor the Autumn Equinox by focusing on some balancing yoga poses.
- Eagle Pose (Garudasana): This yoga pose is pretty basic, but can be a little challenging for beginners. In addition to working on balance, it strengthens ankles and calves, stretches the hips and back, and improved concentration.
- Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana): This yoga pose has so many wonderful benefits. Balance is the big one, but this pose helps decrease anxiety, back pain, fatigue, and indigestion.
- Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana): Who didn’t do handstands as a kid? Discover the lost art (and challenge) by trying one out today. If you’re finding it too difficult to do without help, ask a friend to hold your legs or use the wall.
- Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana): Want a yoga pose that stretches almost your entire body? This is it. From the shoulders and chest, through the thigh and stomach, and down to the legs and ankles, everything is getting worked out.
- Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana): If you thought planks were hard, wait until you try side planks. These require more balance but work on strengthening harms and the side of the stomach more than regular planks.
- Side-Reclining Leg Lift (Anantasana): Lift it up! This simple yoga pose requires balance but works on toning the belly and stretching the legs and side torso. Some flexibility is required also!
- Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana): Not quite up to a full headstand yet? Try a supported headstand instead. Use your hands to brace, and make sure not to put pressure on your neck.
- Tree Pose (Vrksasana): Standing on one leg sounds simple, but it’s harder than people think. Tree pose works on balance, as well as stretching and strengthening the lower body.
- Warrior 3 Pose (Virabhadrasana III): The warrior poses are some staples in yoga. Warrior III works on balance more than the others. So plant that foot, and get working on that balance.