Standing poses such as Mountain, Volcano and Warrior build strength and stability. The awareness is on physical and mental balance. To stand erect, the feet must be firmly planted on the ground, with the spine stretching upward and the head lifted. These foundation poses provide entry into standing on one leg. Tree, Warrior 3 and hand-to-foot pose are examples.
Standing poses do not need to be static. Sun Salutes and Warrior poses can be used in a dynamic flow series to generate heat and burn calories. These standing sequences offer additional cardio-vascular benefits, improving heart function, respiration, lung capacity and circulation.
On this page, you will find links to articles for teaching and practicing standing poses and balances. Each article includes instructions, a list of benefits, modifications and variations. Although, these are intended for certified instructors of yoga, beginner yogis will also find them useful.