Before I go further into the breakdown of a practice let’s talk about poses. This week I would like to share with you basic standing positions and their benefits.
All standing poses help bring balance back into the body.
Tadasana- Standing mountain pose
This pose is basically standing savasana (you know the final laying down position everyone covets) focusing on the subtle alignment in this pose helps correct posture over time.
Ukatasana -Chair Pose
This pose is a lot harder than it looks. I often tell students to pretend they are sitting on the edge of a chair but still remind them to reach up to the sky like they’re trying to hold on to the sun. It is excellent for strengthening the back arms and legs. It also helps protect the lower back if you inhale the navel towards the back of the spine (not shown in this diagram.)
This is a standing forward fold. It is perfectly ok to have your knees slightly bent in the back. This helps lengthen and stretch tight hamstrings as well as reverse blood flow towards the head.
It is the same position as Uttanasana except on the inhale we place our hands on the shins, open the chest as if we are offering our heart to the earth, simultaneously lengthening through the crown of the head creates more space in the spine. As we exhale and lower into Uttanasana we can then surrender more deeply into the pose.
If you begin with these poses, you will have achieved 1/2 of Surya Namaskara. The sun salutations.