BENEFITS OF STANDING POSES ( Images of Helen Nicholson – Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Academy)
- Teach us to stand on our own 2 feet.
- Invigorate heat and strengthen the entire body increasing circulation and stamina.
- Corrects spinal imbalances and teach us to conduct force through the body ie., as we give our weight to the earth there is a rebounding upward force that rises through the legs, that can be used to elongate strengthen balance and release the spine. Because the spine is a relatively neutral position these postures are some of the safest and most effective for correcting spinal imbalance.
- In addition to correcting muscular and skeletal imbalances, standing postures as a whole form a complete and balanced practice that includes twisting, forward bends, side bending, backward bending and balancing. A standing forward bend even serves as a mild inverted posture for those who are flexible enough to bend all the way down.