If you're shy about attending a group class because you're not sure you'll be able to keep up, or you don't want to feel stupid, these posts will be an excellent way to familiarize yourself with basic yoga practices, so that when you do finally muster up the courage to join a class, you won't feel totally clueless.
Today, I will explain in detail the most fundamental posture for proper standing alignment...
The importance of this basic standing posture is sometimes not fully appreciated by students of yoga, but it really is one of the most essential postures. It is a foundational posture that, through practice, improves your posture off the mat and teaches the basic proper alignment for all yoga poses. It creates space between the ribcage and pelvis, which encourages optimal breathing and the function of digestive organs. It develops awareness of the alignment of the physical body. Plus, this pose can be practiced anywhere you are standing...in line at the grocery store or the bank, waiting at the bus stop, etc. After some practice, you can even apply the cues below while walking to avoid sinking into your back and hips and strengthen the abdominal muscles.
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