Balancing stick posture is a full spine stretch that is excellent for the heart. It perfects control and balance by improving the physical, psychological, and mental powers. This is one of the best postures in the series for bad posture, it also provides many of the same benefits for the legs as standing head to knee pose.
The balancing stick pose is relatively simple to execute even for a beginner, though it does come with its fair share of benefits, the most notable of which being a tremendous relief of any stress and tension along your entire spine. Your body posture will improve as well, since the muscles of your lower back and shoulders will be strengthened.
Your entire circulatory system, and particularly the blood vessels in the heart itself, will be getting a tremendous workout as well, largely due to the horizontal alignment that your body will be in if you perform this posture properly. Your liver, spleen, and other vital organs will be provided with relief as well.
As the name suggest, the Balancing Stick posture improves overall balance and, as with all Bikram Yoga exercises, improves mental focus and concentration, as you will need a lot of them to sustain the position for the full duration. Your lower legs and particularly the inner muscles of your quadriceps (front of the thigh) will become stronger and will develop higher endurance.
Finally, and as a direct result of all of the above, the Balancing Stick posture will help you prevent (to an extent) heart-related diseases and conditions.
The Balancing Stick pose is the 7th posture done as part of the Bikram sequence. Get ready for the hardest 10 seconds of your life. “If your late its over”
Benefits of Balancing Stick Pose
- Increases cardiovascular circulation, especially to the heart blood vessels
- May help to clear blocked arteries
- Strengthens the heart muscle; May help prevent future cardiac problems
- Relieves stress from the spine
- Good for varicose veins
- Builds strength in the legs
- Exercises the pancreas, spleen, liver, nervous and circulatory system
- Increases blood flow all over the body and arteries of the heart
- Stretches the entire length of the spine
- Improve physical, psychological and mental powers
- Strengthens and firms arms, hips, buttocks and upper thighs
- Great for emotional problems
- Good for varicose veins
Tips for Balancing Stick Pose
- Keep both knees locked and stomach in
- Point the toes of the leg that is stretched toward the back wall
- Remember to “look for your front foot in the mirror”
- Keep the arms with the ears. No Gap.
- “Pull yourself apart in opposite directions like a natural human tug of war”
- Do not tuck your chin to your chest; keep your face parallel with the floor.
- Your arms and supporting leg should remain 100% locked throughout the entire duration of the posture.
- Make sure to squeeze your head with both arms; squeeze hard, but not hard enough that your temples or ears start to hurt!
- Make sure your stomach is sucked in as you perform the posture, and that your abdominal muscles are tightened.