I've recently been thinking about balance. Many students get concerned about the wobble when they are in standing poses, especially when they lift a leg from the floor into a one legged balance pose.
Well the good news is that the wobble is an important part of these poses.
The wobble means our muscles are working, we are waking them up and they are reacting. Don't worry if you wobble, this is your body reacting to the pose.
We are all human so don't stress about the wobble. I have been experiencing some problems with standing poses lately due to the after affects of a broken toe, which left my calf muscle a little shorter than it needs to be (if you don't use it you lose it!). So balancing on my left leg is more of a challenge but I can see the improvements as I work on that muscle and I getting a better grounding in my standing poses.
In a balance pose, think about the following:
For inspiration, I look to nature. When it's windy, the old/large trees are solid and if the winds are strong they will break. However, those smaller trees and plants that bend in the wind are more likely to survive a strong wind.
I don't like a locked straight standing leg, instead add some softness and don't be afraid to reach your arms out for help with balance. It's all about the flow and listening to what adjustments your body needs to get the best benefit from these poses.
One of my favourite class sequences is a balance where we use balls (to use under our feet to warm up our "balance" muscles) and blocks (on top of heads to help with posture). It's such fun.
Author: Sally Pearce (sallyjaneyoga)