Balance Basics – How to start?

Want to move with more freedom and confidence?

Find more efficiency in movement and prevent yourself from falling into injuries?

Use these balance basics to improve posture, work on joint stability and coordinate your body more elegantly.

Let’s face it:

unless you are a crawling baby or a professional handbalancer

most of your daily living will be spent balancing yourself on top of your feet.

Standing at the bus stop, walking through the park, jumping over a pool of water, going all out on the dance floor…

All activities require you to use different parts of the body to work together as smooth as butter.

Now, in order to balance on our feet,

we should be able to sense them.

Repeatedly shoving your feet into immobilizing shoes with heels for example

and your brain will start to react by creating a vague, pixelated image of the sole of the feet.

 Giving your feet little opportunity to work their muscles.

Want my advice?

Practice for High Definition.

Try these exercises on bare feet or on shoes with thin soles in order to gain the most out of your balancing act.

When we start to create this HD image of the feet and get to balance for a longer amount of time without falling out

the journey has just begun.

Here is a beginner tutorial with single-leg variations:

How to do these basics:

A. Single Leg Balancing – Flat Foot + Eyes Closed X 60-90 sec / both legs

B. Single Leg Balancing – Ball Foot + Focused Vision X 60-90 sec / both legs

C.  Single Leg Balancing – Ball Foot + Looking Around X 60-90 sec / both legs

Here is a visual of how improving your balance can increase the quality of your physical language which you can use to enrich your self-expression:

Wishing you a day in equilibrium.

And remember, juicy toes will prevent you from falling on your nose

Jori.