Cultivating an At-Home Practice with Strong Standing Poses

Why Include Standing Poses? Standing poses create strength, stamina, and flexibility throughout the entire body. They work the major muscle groups, such as the quadriceps, gluteals, hamstrings, and core. Standing poses often precede backbends, twists, and forward bends in a sequence because they are so efficient at preparing your body for these poses.

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The Approach: 

It's a good idea to include at least four standing postures in each sequence. There are various ways to organize the order of the postures you choose, but a tried and true method is to select poses whose actions complement each other. For example, Warrior Pose I and Warrior Pose II rotate the pelvis differently so that when they are combined, they create a balanced action. Another method is to tailor the standing poses in relation to the postures you will be doing later. For example, if you want to focus on twists in your practice, you could choose to do standing postures that include twists, like Revolved Triangle Pose.