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Standing Yoga Postures

The standing postures are used to build a foundation of strength and balance in the body. The poses can be as simple or as complicated as you require, but they are fundamentally about creating stability in the body to support all other movements. 

As the mind and the body follow each other, these postures can also be used as a psychological tool to build mental strength and stability. 

Try to make sure you actively engage the muscles and work on the poses that you find difficult. 

Ardha-baddha-padma-vrikshasana-half-bound-lotus-tree-poseArdha baddha padma vrikshasana – half bound lotus tree pose
Ardha = half, baddha = bound, padma = lotus, vriksh = tree Steps: Stand in Tadasana (Mountain pose). Separate your… Read More »Ardha baddha padma vrikshasana – half bound lotus tree pose
Ardha-Baddha-Padmotanasana-Half-Bound-Lotus-Standing-Forward-BendArdha Baddha Padmotanasana – Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Bend
This can be quite a tricky posture so there are a few modifications that can be made throughout.  Stay standing,… Read More »Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana – Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Bend
Padangushtasana – Hand to Big Toe Posture
Steps: Start with your feet parallel and hip width apart apart. Spread your weight evenly over the feet, and contract… Read More »Padangushtasana – Hand to Big Toe Posture
Parshvottanasana-Intense-Side-Stretch-PostureParshvottanasana – Intense Side Stretch Posture
Steps: Starting with the right foot about 3ft in front of your left, toes pointing to the front edge of… Read More »Parshvottanasana – Intense Side Stretch Posture
Hasta-Utthanasana-Raised-Arms-PoseHasta Utthanasana- Raised Arms Pose
This posture also comes in Surya Namaskar of Hatha Yoga. Steps: Start with feet together and hands by the sides… Read More »Hasta Utthanasana- Raised Arms Pose
Urdvah-Hastasana-Upward-Hands-Posture-upwards-SaluteUrdvah Hastasana – Upward Hands Posture / Upwards Salute
This posture is Step2 and 9 in Ashtanga Surya Namaskar A   Steps: Stand in Samasthiti (equal standing posture), weight… Read More »Urdvah Hastasana – Upward Hands Posture / Upwards Salute
Uttanasana-Standing-Forward-BendUttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Steps: Starting either in Samasthiti (equal standing posture), or Urdhva Hastasana (Upward hand posture). Exhale and bend forward from the… Read More »Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Urdhva-Uttanasana-half-Forward-BendUrdhva Uttanasana- Upwards Forward Bend
Steps: Start with feet together and hands by the sides of the body (Samasthiti) Exhale and bend forward from the… Read More »Urdhva Uttanasana- Upwards Forward Bend
Tiryaka-Talasana-Swaying-Palm-Tree-PostureTiryaka Talasana – Swaying Palm Tree Posture
Tiryaka – Swaying Tala – Palm Tree. Steps: Stand with feet a little more than hip width apart. Fix your… Read More »Tiryaka Talasana – Swaying Palm Tree Posture
Talasana-Palm-Tree-Posture-Raised-Hands-postureTalasana- Palm Tree Posture – Raised Hands Posture
Tala – Palm Tree. Steps: Start with feet hip width apart, and your arms by the sides of your body.… Read More »Talasana- Palm Tree Posture – Raised Hands Posture