Standing Yoga Poses


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Standing Yoga Poses

The Standing Yoga Poses from the Crescent family (indudalasana) may be used to mobilize the obliques and lats.  Single leg variations are also useful for building balance.

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Standing Crescent Pose – IndudalasanaSideways Mountain PoseRevolved Upward Mountain PoseParvarti’s Graceful Dancer – LasyasanaOne-legged Standing Crescent Pose

Standing Crescent Pose – Indudalasana

Benefits: Basic side bend pose. Warmup pose for mobilizing lats and obliques.  Difficulty: 1/10

Sideways Mountain Pose – Raised Bound Hands

Parshva Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana (Parshva =  Side, Tada = mountain, asana =  pose, urdhva = upward,  baddha =  bound, hasta = hand )

Benefits: Warmup pose for mobilizing lats and obliques.  Works well for transitioning to more complex poses. Difficulty: 1/10

Revolved Upward Mountain Pose  – Raised Bound Hands

Parivritta Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana (Parivritta =  Revolved, Tada = mountain, asana =  pose, urdhva = upward,  baddha =  bound, hasta = hand )

Benefits:  Great stretch for the core, while also activating muscles in the abs and back.  Difficulty: 1/10

Parvarti’s Graceful Dancer – Lasyasana Rear View

Lasyana Graceful Dancer

Benefits: Very challenging pose in terms of back mobility and balance.  Interestingly, one of the 24 positions from the Gray Institute’s 3DMAPS is the same as this Yoga pose.  As such, it can be used spot imbalances in range of motion.  Difficulty: 3/10

One-legged Standing Crescent Pose

Eka Pada Indudalasana (eka = one, pada = foot or leg, indudala = crescent moon)

Benefits: Excellent Pose/Asana for building balance and control.  Strong oblique stretch.  Stretches hip.  Difficulty: 2/10

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BioMedical Engineering - Johns Hopkins University.
Juris Doctorate - Rutgers.
M|WOD, MET, CFT, FMSII, YBT, RKC, TRX, PN.

Paul has trained over 3000 clients and more than a 100 personal trainers over his 10 years as a mobility and strength coach.  He emphasizes safety and corrective exercises in all programming (strength, weight loss, conditioning, etc.)  His practice focuses on improving flawed movement patterns to prevent injury and improve skeletal-muscular function.  Paul employs Muscle Energy techniques, FMS, Tigger Point Therapy, Yoga, and M|WOD to systematically strengthen weakened muscles and mobilize joints and muscle tissue.  Move Better... Train Better.


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