Common Yoga Positions

Yoga Positions

Common Yoga Positions

The following poses not only develop balance, but concentration, coordination, and strength as well. Each pose is begun and sustained with deep, slow, rhythmic breathing. Hold the pose for 15 seconds or to a point that’s comfortable for you. Then release, switch sides and repeat.

TREE
– Stand with your shoulders relaxed, your spine straight, your hands in prayer position at your heart and your feet 15cm apart
– Bend your left knee and place your left foot as high on your right leg as is comfortable
– Raise your arms overhead and straighten your elbows

STICK
– Stand with your shoulders relaxed, spine straight, arms by your sides and feet 15cm apart
– Raise your arms overhead close to your ears, your hands together with index fingers pointed and other fingers interlaced
– Raise your right leg slowly, balancing over your left foot. Pivot over your hip, keeping your arms, spine and right leg in a straight line. As you progress, that line should be parallel to the floor

WARRIOR I & II
– Stand with your shoulders relaxed, your spine straight and your feet 15cm apart
– Raise your arms overhead with palms facing each other
– Step out about 1m with your left foot, bending your left knee directly over your ankle. Straighten the knee of your right leg and drop your heel to the floor
– For Warrior II, drop your arms parallel to the floor and look ahead over your forward hand

TRIANGLE
– Stand with your shoulders relaxed, spine straight, feet 15cm apart
– Step out about 1m with your left foot and raise your arms to shoulder height. Reach and lean to the left
– Drop your left hand to your knee, raise your right arm overhead and keep your shoulders in alignment
– Slide your left hand towards your ankle, point your right hand up and look out towards your extended hand