Balance poses can be performed as static poses, or as part of a yoga flow. They generally come in three types: standing (one-legged poses), arm balances, and advanced twists. All of them have unique benefits and can improve your mind and body in multiple ways.

When tackling a yoga balance pose, it is important to exercise control and move slowly and deliberately. Learn to use your drishti (gaze) to focus on one specific spot and hold your balance. Breathe slowly and with control. And feel free to have a prop such as a wall, chair or yoga block nearby to help support yourself until you are comfortable balancing on your own. It’s okay if you fall out of the pose. Just regroup, center yourself, and try again!

Below are 5 simple and accessible yoga balance poses to practice often (see the link below for instructions for each pose):