Tadasana (aka Mountain Pose) has become a staple balance pose in my practice.  Here’s how you do it:

Stand there.


That’s really all there is to it.

If you want more directions – balance your weight on both feet, engage thighs, tuck your tailbone just a hair, and stand there chest proud and chin parallel to the floor.

It’s that simple. Witness the balance and strength you have standing on your own two feet. Then you can go apply that little lesson to life when you step off the mat.

Beyond the Mountain, there are all sorts of poses to practice to learn more about balance.

Vision can be a helpful tool to acquire balance initially.  If you want to go that route, choose a focal point.  That woman in front of you attempting her own one-legged balancing act probably isn’t the best target.  Find a fixed spot to center your gaze.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, close your eyes and you’ll learn that vision is not necessary for balance. Your body is full of subtle built-in mechanisms to keep you upright.  Inside the ear is a universe furled. It monitors balance entirely without your direction.

You can also find balance inside your breath. Steady breath; steady mind; steady body. Let your breath be your focal point. Focus on it as if your life depends on it. Because, of course, it does.