Yoga and the Science of Stability

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Warrior Pose III 

We’ve all had those days that we’ve teetered in Tree Pose or tumbled out of a wobbly Warrior III. But even then, we’re still balancing. Good equilibrium helps us with mundane tasks, like carrying sacks of groceries and reaching for an item on a tall shelf, and with more complex endeavors such as dancing or lifting weights. When we struggle to steady ourselves in a yoga pose, we actually train the parts of our bodies that help us stay upright and grounded in a desired position. Here, we’ll examine the three main systems responsible for helping the body balance: visual, vestibular (inner ear), and somatosensory.

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Visual: Eyesight helps us orient ourselves.

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