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Yoga All-In-One For Dummies by Consumer Dummies, Larry Payne, Georg Feuerstein, Sherrie Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Stephan Bodian, LaReine Chabut, Therese Iknoian

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Chapter 4

Steady as a Tree: Mastering Balance

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the psychology of balance

arrow Practicing balancing exercises

Balance (called samata [sah-mah-tah] or samatva [sah-mah-tvah] in Sanskrit) is fundamental to yoga. A balanced approach to life includes being even-tempered and seeing the great unity behind all diversity. Balance translates to being nonjudgmental and treating others with equal fairness, kindness, and compassion.

One way to begin to gain this balance is to practice balancing postures. Remember, according to yoga, body and mind form a working unit. Imbalances in the body are reflected in the mind, and vice versa. This chapter emphasizes the importance of balance in yoga and offers six postures that provide you with a samata sampling.

Getting to the Roots of the Posture

When you look at a tree, you see only what’s above ground — the vertical trunk, with its crown of branches and foliage, and maybe a few chirping birds. Trees appear to just perch atop the soil, and you wonder how in the world such a top-heavy thing can stay upright. Well, everyone knows that the secret of the tree’s equilibrium is its underground network of roots that anchor the visible part of the plant solidly into the earth. In the balancing postures, you, too, can discover how ...

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