You may have noticed that you find quite some balance exercises in Reusi Dat Ton (Traditional Thai Yoga). Notably in the set of Wat Pho standing exercises you can find an abundant number of those. Actually, they’re not there for nothing, of course, and in this post we take a look at what they serve.
Important applications of Reusi Dat Ton include training support for Thai Dancers and Thai Martial Art fighters, and keeping one’s balance is an essential part of those practices. Regularly practicing Rue-Si Datton helps to stimulate those competencies.
Yet, also for those who are not dancers or martial art fighters, keeping one’s physical balance in daily life is an important ability. It prevents falling and hurting oneself, it makes one more agile and more confident while walking, climbing, running, or engaging in sports activities, or even in taking “rough terrain,” for instance, while doing a hike or trek.
Most of the Reusi Dat Ton balancing standing exercises are so-called one-leg exercises. That is, you will stand on one leg while at the same time doing “something” with the other leg.
Typically, the leg you stand on is strengthened, and the lifted leg is stretched or manipulated in some way or the other. Often these types of exercises are combined with some kind of stretching for the arms, shoulders, pectoral muscles, or hands and wrists.
In any case, to give you the idea of some Thai Yoga balancing exercises, I’ve inserted some pictures here below: