You probably know that standing postures increase your leg strength and joint mobility.
Did you know there’s other intriguing things going on in standing poses too?
Standing postures help you feel mentally grounded and stable. This stabilising effect increases when you hold the poses for longer.
So even when you find leg postures challenging, you can trust they are helping you mentally (as well as physically).
Standing -postures are excellent for reducing anxiety.
When your head is overly busy and you’re feeling anxious (that feeling of being ‘in your head’, and unable to get out), then turn to standing postures.
All variety of standing postures – balances, symmetrical, asymmetrical – all of them send (mental and physical) energy down, from your mind into your body, down your legs, into your feet and into the ground.
Standing postures are directly linked to your root Cakra.
This is where standing postures are amazing.
From a Cakra* perspective, standing postures are connecting you to your root Cakra, the Muladhara in Sanskrit.
The root Cakra is the subtle energy centre of survival, home, earth, belonging, stability, steadiness and safety. Located in the perineum area.
The more you can activate the root energy centre, by practicing standing postures, the more steady and stable you will feel.
By including standing postures in your practice, you will feel more safe, grounded and calm.
Pretty great hey.
Would you like to:
- develop your yoga practice?
- learn more about yoga?
- take time out for yourself?
If so, I think you’ll enjoy my Slowdown Sunday mornings.
About once a month I offer a Slowdown Sunday practice, giving you two and a half hours of yoga, in a retreat-style setting. Held in a peaceful yurt, on a farm in Bisley, Surrey, UK.
Because in Slowdown Sunday there’s more time than a weekly class, you’ll have opportunity for Asana, Pranayama and Meditation, to calmly energise, balance and relax your body and mind.
*Cakras are subtle energy centres in your body.