Standing Asanas

Virabhadrasana I

Warrior I This is basic standing pose is a great place from which to take stock. It grounds the body, and offers a place to integrate and prepare.  Indeed, standing still, with attention to breath, we grow toward our inner warrior: simple/powerful/ready. From Tadasana/Standing Pose, take a large step back on R foot . Bend L knee,… Read more »

Uttanasana

Extreme Stretch or Forward Fold Pose Asana: Uttanasana/Extreme Etretch Pose. An extreme stretch can be done in many forms, but one of it’s most popular is to stand on one leg, lifting the other behind, and diving for the floor.  This places you into ‘standing splits.’  Walk the hands back toward standing leg, and if you… Read more »

Baddha Natarajasana

Asana: Baddha Natarajasana/Dancer Pose Begin standing, Tadasana, reach the R arm back as you bend R knee, lifting R leg back. Turning R thumb up, reach that hand back, clasping inside of R foot, and strongly use hamstrings to press leg back and up, thigh parallel to floor, or higher, if possible.  Extend L leg deeply into… Read more »

Ardha Chandrasana

Half Moon Pose Asana: Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon Pose.  Begin from the long low side stretch of Utthita Parsvakonasana/Extended side Angle Pose.  As you lift up and out, over the R leg, balancing, with the R arm, parallel to that leg, feel yourself lifting into your dreams, opening your heart to the moon, to that feminine… Read more »

Tadasana

Stand Tall, Invoke Samasthiti Asana:  Tadasana/Stand Tall, Invoke Samasthiti.  Become your own best Guardian at the Gate.   You can bring hands into to Angeli Mudra and pay perfect attention to who, how and where your are, balancing perfectly on both feet: Tadasana is the physical pose invoking the ‘equal standing’ and perfect presence of  Samastiti! … Read more »

Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Revolving Lateral Angle Pose Asana: Parivritta Parsvakonasana/Revolving Lateral Angle Pose.  You can come into this Pose from Vira I by exhaling as you bring the arms down and across the forward knee.  If the R knee is front, move the L ribs long, to try and place the entire L arm over the R thigh. … Read more »

Parivrtta Uttanasana

Revolved Standing Forward Bend Pose Asana: Parivrtta Uttanasana/Revolved Standing Forward Bend.  Standing tall reach up, out and over, hang there for a moment, then grab the outside of your feet, if you can, inhale, and on the exhale deeply twist the torso to the R, facing up.  Release any strain in neck.  Remain there inhaling/extending… Read more »

Parivritta Janu Sirsasana

Revolved Triangle Pose Take a large step forward on the R from Tadasana-Mountain Pose.  turn L foot slightly out, keep R foot directly forward, lift arms to side, parallel to floor.  Feet can either be aligned front heel to back instep, or if the hips are tight, allow legs to be hip width.  On inhale… Read more »