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Santolanasana (balancing pose)

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Come on to hands and knees. Be sure that the wrists are directly beneath the shoulders. Grasp the floor with the toes and straiten the knees, moving the shoulders forward and coming to balance on the palms. Focus the gaze on a fixed point on the floor and few inches in front of you to ensure that the head, neck and spine all stay in one line. How it helps This asana improves nervous balance as well as strengthening the muscles of the thighs, arms shoulders and spine.

Dwi Hasta Bhujasana (two hands and arms pose)

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How to do Dwi Hasta Bhujasana Squat with feet about 45 cm apart. Place both palms flat on the floor between the feet. Focus on a fixed point Begin transferring your weight onto the arms beginning with the right side. Take the left foot off the floor and wrap it around the left arm. The thigh should be resting on the upper arm. Maintain the balance. Transfer the weight of the body back onto both amrs and lift the right leg onto the upper arm above the elbow. The whole body should be supported by the hands. Hold the position for as long as is comfortable. Slowly reverse the order of movements to finish the asana. How it helps Dwi hasta bhujasana is great at strengthening the muscles in the arms and increasing the flexibility of the shoulders and the lower back. The visceral organs are gently massaged as the legs press against the abdomen. Its a great asana to practice when you are trying to understand the importance of the core in arm balances. You learn how to shift your weight slowly by lifting from your core to take some weight off the arms. With regular practice of this asana all other arm balances will become simple and enjoyable! By Manish Pole and Catherine Juliano

Vrikshasana (Tree pose)

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How to do Vrikshasana Stand upright with feet together. Focus the gaze on a fixed point in front of the body. Bend the right leg, grasp the ankle and place the sole of the foot on the inside of the left thigh. The heel should be close to the perineum. When the body is balanced place the hands in front of the chest in prayer position. Balance on one leg for as long as is comfortable, don’t move your eyes from your point of focus! Release the hands and then the foot, slowly. Come back to the starting position and practice on the other side. How it helps It strengthens the foot, ankle and leg muscles. It a simple balance posture which can be used to improve the balance for everyday life and eventually, more difficult balancing asanas. It helps promote focus and concentration.