The art of yoga is full of beneficial poses, but the type that has been observed to give the best results in achieving body goals and also has the most positive effects on one’s mind and body alike are- standing yoga poses. 

So, if you are someone who wants to commence their yogic journey, improve their balance, strengthen their body and get their health on track but doesn’t know where to start, we have put together a list of 5 easy standing yoga poses and step by step guides on how to do practice them correctly:

  • Tadasana

Also known as the mountain pose, Tadasana is a beginner level asana that will make the base of most standing yoga poses you try to do in the future. It stretches the spine, strengthens the thighs and calf muscles which will directly help improve your balance.

  1. Stand with your feet a couple inches apart, shoulders relaxed and back straight. 
  2. Interlock your fingers in front of you, inhale and slowly raise your arms until your palms are over your head. Keep your hands straight while you do this. 
  3. Slowly lift your heels off the ground, stand on your toes and try to gently stretch your body towards the sky. Hold for 5 breaths, unclasp fingers and bring your arms downs sideways.
  • Kaliasana/Goddess pose
  1. Start with Tadasana Step 1, spread your feet far apart and let them face outwards. Bend by the knee until thighs are parallel to the ground. 
  2. Once in a low squatting position, slowly bring your hands up and parallel to the ground on an inhale. 
  3. Bend them upwards from the elbow and also bend your wrists so they face the sky. Hold, release and repeat. 
  • Parsvottanasana
  1. Again, Tadasana Step 1, feet hip length apart. 
  2. Turn to your left, move your left foot 90° with you and the right one only about 60° or so. Make sure there is a distance of about 2-3 feet between them.
  3. Inhale, stretch your arms outwards and slowly fold them behind your back i.e. hold onto the opposite elbow.
  4. Slowly bend forward on your front leg by the hip and look at your big toe. Hold for a few seconds, reverse the steps, switch legs and repeat.
  • Vrikshasana
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and slowly shift your weight on the left leg and start lifting your right leg. Rest the sole of your right foot flat against the inner thigh of the left leg. 
  2. Slowly raise your arms while inhaling and join your palms above your head with your upper arms on either side of your face.
  3. Hold for a few breaths, release, switch legs and repeat. 

You might experience unsteadiness in the begint but with time and practice, you will learn to balance and distribute your weight evenly to gain stability.

It has been scientifically proven that, when these standing yoga poses are done in the correct way and on a regular basis, they can help increase muscle and bone strength, aid weight loss, boost immunity, help build balance and the core strength required for it and also alleviate stress and severe anxiety. Standing asanas will also help you connect with nature, universe and yourself on a spiritual level! #KhabarLive #hydnews 

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