Standing Poses

Crescent Lunge stretches the hip flexors, legs and groin, while opening the front torso, chest, and shoulders. It strengthens and tones the thighs, hips, and butt, helps to develop balance and flexible stability.

Tree Pose stretches the thighs, groin and shoulders. It is an excellent balancing pose that builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles.

Side Angle Pose helps relieve stiffness in the shoulders and back. Gives a deep stretch to the hamstrings and groin, and improves stamina. Helps to strengthens the legs, knees, and ankles, while stretching and toning the abdominal muscles. It is known to be therapeutic for menstrual discomfort, and low backache.

Warrior I Pose strengthens shoulders, arms, legs, ankles and back. Opens your hips, chest and lungs. Stretches arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groin and ankles


Warrior II Pose stretches and strengthens your legs, ankles and feet. Builds stamina and concentration while stimulating your abdominal organs. Helps to relieve backache and is therapeutic for flat feet, sciatica and osteoporosis.

Reverse Warrior strengthens the quads, arms and neck. Helps to open up the chest and shoulders and stretches the groin, hips and obliques.

Chair Pose exercises the spine, hips and chest. Strengthens the torso and lower back. Helps tone ankle, knee, and quads. Good for your balance as well.

Downward Facing Dog helps to relieve stress and energizes the body. Strengthens the arms and legs. Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands. Helps to relieve headache, back pain while improving digestion.

One-legged Downward Facing Dog quiets your mind. Strengthens arms and shoulders and stretches the hamstrings and hip flexors. Helps build confidence in balance.

Dolphin Pose (or puppy pose) stretches shoulders, hamstrings and calves. Strengthens arms and legs. Improves digestion and helps relieve headache, back pain and fatigue.

Eagle Pose strengthens hips, thighs, ankles and calves. Stretches the shoulders and upper back and buttocks. Helps build focus, balance and concentration. The dynamic balancing helps to protect knees against future injury.

Eagle Pose – Side View.

Gate Pose opens shoulders and helps reduce neck and shoulder tension. Stretches the side of the torso, from the armpits to the hips and stretches the abs and spine as well. Opens up rib cage area for better breathing and helps to improves posture.

Upward Salute is very effective in stretching the overall body – chiefly the spine, belly, armpits and shoulders. Also helps in reducing fatigue and anxiety and helps with digestion.

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January 21, 2014

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