Helps to tone the legs, ankles, and hips. They tone the lower body, especially the legs and glutes. They are very grounding as when our legs and feet are engaged we feel more grounded. Often when we feel stressed we feel removed from the body, the standing poses bring us back.
They are wonderful to keep our knees and ankles healthy as they strengthen the surrounding muscles which help to support our joints.
By engaging in standing and especially the balancing postures you are helping to improve sensorimotor functioning, which means better brain functioning and better coordination.
The part of the brain called the cerebellum is the part of the brain which role includes coordination and sense of movement. Studies have found that cerebellum size of individuals with depression was reduced.
When we employ balancing postures the cerebellum and cortex (rational brain) are stimulated, this helps strengthening those parts of the brain.
Also, when we balance we focus the eyes, this directly impacts the cerebellum, in addition focussing the eyes activates the optic nerve, which stimulates the pituitary gland. The Pituitary gland is part of our limbic brain, which is the emotional and instinctual part of the brain. This gland releases hormones.
Because balancing postures stimulate both parts of the brain, the emotional and rational my belief and that of others in the field is that the two are able to restore equilibrium during balancing poses.
That’s why it’s also important in all poses to focus the eyes as this may really help to strengthen the connection between the two parts of the brain.
When your mind is very active you normally fall over in balancing postures. Therefore it is a good indicator of when you are getting lost in thought. Regular practice of balancing poses will help you to develop concentration and focus.