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Day 2: Intermediate

Standing Poses with Jason Crandell

Standing poses such as Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose), Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), and Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) are among the first things we learn when we take up yoga. That's because their benefits are wide ranging. Practicing standing postures improves our awareness of our bodies; builds strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance; and prepares our bodies for other categories of asana. But just because they're basic doesn't mean they're simple. It can take years (or a lifetime) to master them.

In this sequence, Jason Crandell presents about 10 standing postures, including two balancing poses: Vrksasana (Tree Pose) and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). Whether you're practicing them for the tenth time or the thousandth time, you'll likely come away with something new. Interestingly, you'll start this exploration of standing postures on your back, creating more length and spaciousness in the legs and hip joints with the aid of a strap. A block will also come in handy.

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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: Corn, Chayote,
and Green Chile Burritos

The star ingredient of this easy-to-prepare tasty burrito is chayote, a member of the gourd family. You can also substitute zucchini, or any veggie.

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