Category: Standing Yoga Poses

Standing Split

  Standing Split: Step-by-Step Instructions Perform Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose), right leg forward. Inhale and cartwheel your left arm up and over your head, creating a nice opening …

Upward Salute

  (oord-vah hahs-TAHS-anna) urdhva = raised (or upward) hasta = hand Upward Salute: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. Turn your arms outward (or laterally) so your palms face away …

Revolved Side Angle Pose

  Since most students can’t easily keep their back heel down in this pose, a modified version will be described here with the back heel raised off the floor. …

Low Lunge

  Low Lunge: Step-by-Step Instructions From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning the right knee over the heel. Then lower …

Standing Half Forward Bend

  (are-dah oot-tan-AHS-anna) ardha = half uttana = intense stretch Standing Half Forward Bend: Step-by-Step Instructions From Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), press your palms or fingertips into the floor …

Warrior III Pose

    Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet; wielding a …

Lord of the Dance Pose

  We’ll start with a modified version of the pose. The full pose will be described in the Variation section below. (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna) nata = actor, dancer, mime raja = …

Intense Side Stretch Pose

  (parsh-voh-tahn-AHS-anna) parsva = side, flank ut = intense tan = to stretch or extend (compare the Latin verb tendere, “to stretch or extend”) Intense Side Stretch Pose: Step-by-Step …

Warrior I Pose

Virabhadra’s Pose is also known as the Warrior Pose (there are three variation of Warrior, of which this is customarily numbered I). It may seem strange to name a …

High Lunge, Crescent Variation

  High Lunge, Crescent Variation: Step-by-Step Instructions Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog). Exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your knee over the …
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