In This Chapter
Standing as an art
Using standing postures to enhance body and mind
Practicing fundamental standing postures
The simple act of standing upright brings your spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments into play. Ordinarily, these parts do their assigned tasks quite automatically. But to stand efficiently and elegantly, you also need to bring awareness to the act, and that’s where yoga enters the picture. In this chapter, you can find ten of the most common and favored yoga standing postures to practice. They can help you discover the art of standing consciously, efficiently, and beautifully.
The yogic standing postures make up the foundation of asana practice. You may hear that you can derive everything you need to master your physical practice from the standing postures. The standing postures help you strengthen your legs and ankles, open your hips and groin, and improve your sense of balance. In turn, you develop the ability to “stand your ground” and “stand at ease,” which are important aspects of the yogic lifestyle. The standing postures are versatile. You can use them in the following ways: