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Day 9: Beginner

Standing Poses with Jason Crandell

If you're new to yoga and unfamiliar with anatomical terms, you may have a lot of say what? moments in classes that emphasize proper alignment. Over time, your body awareness (and vocabulary) will grow, and you'll come to appreciate the value of subtle adjustments. A little bend here and a slight rotation there can make the difference between a beneficial pose and a potentially harmful one.

Today you'll revisit the Standing Practice you did on Day 4. By now, you're probably familiar with the basic shapes of postures such as Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose), Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), and Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose). So pay close attention to Jason Crandell's alignment cues, using a strap and block where recommended. If something makes you say, "What?", remember that videos have at least one advantage over live classes: You can always rewind.

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Challenge Tip

When practicing standing postures, it's best to keep your eyes open. That helps with stability and balance. It's also important to keep your gaze soft, especially when attempting more challenging postures. Staring hard at something can contribute to tension in the body, whereas soft eyes help you relax into a posture.

Today's Recipe: Caesar Salad

This vegan spin on Caesar salad has less fat and fewer calories than the traditional version. Nutritional yeast and ground almonds substitute nicely for the flavor and texture of Parmesan cheese.

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