The importance of the ability to keep your center of mass over the base of support (balance) is difficult to over-state. On the other hand, it’s not the end-all-be-all of a movement practice – just look at the best “balancers” (whether on hands or feet) and see that they struggle when control has to be sacrificed.
And it’s multifaceted – staying in place while keeping the structure rigid doesn’t prepare you for for maintaining balance while handling dynamic changes in the structure (you know… the situation also known as “moving”).
We love the idea of working on all the balance systems – from the most rigid to the dynamic, and then playing at the other end of the spectrum: falling forever.
Several of our students have made the interesting observation that this dynamic balance is one of the attributes which was most quick to adapt and improve. It’s inevitable – when you spend your time in these scenarios, you develop the ability to “sink” into the ground, you learn to use the limbs for counterbalance, you improve the sensitivity of the foot, you refine proprioception, you strengthen the ankle and supporting structures in countless angles, and certainly install other adaptations besides…