Human tug of war!

Next is Balancing Stick…

This posture is a powerhouse!

Strengthens:

  • Upper Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen
  • Trapezius muscles
  • Deltoids
  • Ankles

Stretches:

  • Hips
  • Legs
  • Shoulders
  • Spine

Stimulates:

  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys
  • Nervous system

Physical Benefits: Improves balance and increases endurance. Builds lung capacity. Stimulates the heart and arteries, strengthening the heart. Clears blockages from arteries to prevent future cardiovascular problems. Helps varicose veins. Burns fat (up to 300 calories during the posture according to Rajishree Choudhury.) Slims waistline and eliminates fat deposits. Relieves tension from the spine. Improves memory and concentration.

Balancing Stick gives you a “mini heart attack”, so you don’t have a big one outside of the hot room. The posture flushes the heart and arteries. Because nearly every muscle is contracted during this pose, balancing stick is one of the biggest calorie burners in the Bikram Yoga series.

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