Asana Category: Standing Poses

Standing PosesLesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine standing poses as a category, and ways to apply this knowledge in teaching.


Become proficient in the nature and effects of standing poses, and considerations for wisely teaching and sequencing them.


Describe general physical and energetic effects of standing poses. Explain why standing poses are good preparation for every other type of pose. Describe what is meant by the phrase “root to rise” and how you can invite a student to deepen the connection to his foundation. Explain a caution regarding the teaching of foot placement and a consideration related to the pelvis in standing poses. Describe sequencing considerations and provide a list of standing poses.