In this blog post I’m going to introduce poses of Structural Yoga in a simple and plain language.
What do I mean by structural yoga? Mukunda Stiles was a great yoga teacher who found the Structural Yoga therapy which is classical yoga with extra focus on posture, body reading and correcting postural imbalances.
If you are completely new to yoga you can use this series to get to know some of the most common and beneficial yoga positions and if you are a more seasoned yoga practitioner – you may like to take this opportunity to take a fresh look at some yoga position and how they can improve your posture.
Before starting any yoga practise, remember that yoga pose is a steady and comfortable position and it is mastered by relaxation of effort.
First pose to look at is the Mountain Pose. In this position you stand nice and tall. It is a foundation pose for all others and great for body reading and detecting any postural imbalances.
Let’s stand up. Rock on your feet to start with and then spread the weight of your body evenly between your two feet. Relax your arms with palms facing your sides. Your chest is open, pelvis has slight thrust to produce a mild tone to your lower abdominal muscles. Eyes are either closed or open, in either case you have a focus point, either external or internal.
Mountain pose brings harmony and balance into your whole body. It stretches your whole spine, improves posture and bodily awareness, helps to develop balance and stability and deepens the breath.
Mountain pose is a position which cleans up within ourselves - it puts everything where it is meant to be! And it gets us ready to face whatever the world brings our way!
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