For years, I admittedly referred to myself as a klutz. Balance felt like one of those things you were either born with or without, and I fell into the latter group. I could walk down the street and trip with no sign of anything worth tripping over. Then, I started really working to improve my fitness and along with that came strengthening my core and improving my balance.
Sure, in the grand scheme of things, I may still be a bit klutzy and you will never see me competing in the Olympics or attempting much of anything besides walking across a balance beam, but I have learned through strengthening my core and working on my balance, there is hope and the days of tripping over every. single. thing. seem like another lifetime.
Honestly, aside from building strength in the gym, I think one of my biggest reasons for balance improvement and core strength is because of my yoga practice and poses like Half Moon!
In half moon, you are balancing on one leg, hips stacked, with your flying leg shooting to the back of the space, one hand placed firmly on the ground by your planted foot, and the other arm reaching towards the sky. It takes focus to hold yourself in place, but it’s powerful, boy is it powerful.
Some benefits of half moon are…
- Relieves stress
- Improves digestion
- Improves balance
- Strengthens core
- Opens hips and chest
Half moon has always been one of my favorites, though I can’t quite say the same for it’s “revolved” version, but it’s something I’m working on and finding comfort in the uncomfortableness of that variation.
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Are you a fan of half moon pose?
How do you work on improving your balance and core strength?