In yoga, the standing poses are the foundation of many postures. They work to deliver a lot of health benefits including the increase of body strength and flexibility. They help to give you more energy, and they make you aware of your posture.
Here are the standing poses in yoga that you need to know:
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
It helps you to experience stillness, strength, relaxed power and stability. These are traits that are associated with the mountain.
2. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
The triangle is the symbol of the divine principle in Hindu tradition.
3. Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
The revolved triangle pose is intended to improve your sense of coordination and sense of balance. This poses requires a lot of concentration, but it is believed to have the ability to cure backaches.
4. Crescent Moon Pose
This pose helps to stretch and strengthen your arms and legs. It can increase your stamina and improves your sense of balance and sense of focus. It is also believed to be able to relieve backaches. This pose is not advisable for people who are suffering from high blood pressure, diarrhea, or neck problems.
5. Warrior Pose I (Virabhadrasana I)
This pose helps to improve your agility and strength of your legs, arms, and back. It is also beneficial for your chest, neck, shoulders and abdominal muscles.
6. Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana II)
This pose works to enhance the strength of your back, arms, legs and shoulders. It helps to improve stamina and sense of balance.
7. Warrior Pose III (Virabhadrasana III)
This pose helps to improve your sense of balance and stability. It also works to strengthen your ankles and legs.
8. Wide-legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
The wide-legged forward bend is a stretching exercise that effectively relieves tiredness. It also works to ease tense muscles in your hind legs. Another benefit of this exercise is its ability to stretch your back and neck.
9. Chair Pose I (Utkatasana I)
The chair pose I can give you the benefit of strengthening your legs and lower back.
10. Chair Pose II (Utkatasana II)
The chair pose II requires you to bend your upper body from the hip until it becomes parallel to the floor. Its benefits include excellent toning of leg muscles, strengthening of hip flexors, ankles, calves, and back, and the stretching of chest and shoulders.
11. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
The standing forward bend can help to completely stretch your upper and lower back, your calf muscles and your legs. It also helps to increase the flow f blood to the brain.
12. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose helps to strengthen your upper arms and rejuvenates your entire body. It is often applied in between other poses.
13. Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
This pose works to improve your flexibility and align your your spinal column. It can also enhance digestion and balance, and improves the strength of your legs and knees.
14. Hands to Feet (Pada Hastasana)
This pose has similar benefits as the standing forward bend. It helps to reduce stomach fats, promote elasticity of the spine, and stretch the ligaments of the legs, most especially the hamstrings.
15. Standing Side Stretch Pose
The side stretch pose helps to increase the flexibility of your spine, arms and rib cage. It also works to stimulate your liver, kidney and spleen to function at their optimum, and improve the alignment of your spinal column. This pose helps your lungs to maximize their ability to provide oxygen to your body.
16. Stand Spread Leg Forward Fold
This pose can help to stretch and strengthen your inner back legs and your spine. It is not advised for use on individuals who have lower back problems.
17. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
This is a yoga posture that works to improve the strength of your thighs, calves, ankles and back. It can also help to enhance the flexibility of your hips and groin, and improve your ability to concentrate.
18. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
The benefits of the half moon pose include the improved strength of your legs, buttocks and hips. It also helps to improve your strength and sense of balance and
19. Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
The sun salutation is a graceful sequence of twelve Yoga poses that are performed as one continuous exercise. It helps to make your body more agile, flexible, and ready for the yoga asanas.
The Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is a Yoga Pose which limbers up the whole body in preparation for the Yoga Asanas. It Learn how to practice Sun Salutation in this section.
These are the different standing poses of yoga. We will discuss them one by one in our succeeding articles.