Part 2 of Ashtanga yoga poses covers the remaining standing postures, from "reverse prayer" to warrior 2.
The next Ashtanga Yoga Pose is prayer forward fold (Utthitta Purvottanasana).
Your hands are in prayer behind the back with legs in the same position as in twisting triangle. You then bend forwards.
If you can't do prayer you can make both hands into fists and put them together, or fist one hand. Or have the backs of your hands together.
To make it easier to get your arms into this pose you can roll your arms inwards and again focus on using pectoralis minor.
Enter this pose by stepping your right leg back and then turning 180 degrees to the right so that your right leg is in front and your left leg behind. Do this on an inhale.
Exhale and fold.
Inhale to stand and turn to face your left leg. Exhale fold.
Inhale up and face the side, reaching your arms out to the side as you do so.
Exhale to mountain pose.
Hold each side for 5 breaths.
One possible aid for remembering how this pose follows the last four is that in the wide leg forward bends the legs are symmetrical and straight forming a pyramid shape. In this pose, the hands are together and form a pyramid shape.
After parsvottanasana (Prayer Behind the Back), the next two ashtanga yoga poses in the standing series are balance poses.
In hand to big toe pose (Utthitta Hasta Padangusthasana) you balance on one leg while holding on to the big toe of your lifted leg.
You could use a strap or belt to lasso your foot. Or you can bend the knee and grab it If you have trouble gripping you could also grab the side of the foot.
Inhale and then exhale to mountain. Repeat on the other side.
In Half Bound Lotus (Ardha Baddha Padmasana) you bend forwards while one leg is in lotus. The bind happens when you grab your big toe from behind your back.
If you are uncomfortable in lotus you can fold your shin to the outside of the thigh. You can then practice balancing even though you aren't in half lotus. Another option is flying pigeon, standing with your standing knee bend and the "lotus" foot resting on the standing leg knee like in pigeon pose.
To help remember the order, think straight leg balancing on one leg first, then bent knee. Or think upright with leg straight and then fold the lift leg and the body as you bend forward.
For lotus, bring the right leg into lotus and reach the same side arm behind the back. Bend forward. Take your time in this.
Exhale to mountain pose. Repeat on the other side.
These three postures are possibly placed at the end of the standing sequence as a way of boosting heat prior to beginning the seated sequence of postures.
You could also think of them as a way to practice stabilizing the legs or strengthening them.
This sequence of yoga poses is a little bit like a modified sun salutation B.
In utkatasana, you can bend your spine backwards or keep it straight. It can feel really nice if you make your lower back feel full.
When you bend your knees sink your hips back. Lean your chest forwards for balance.
Neck long, reach your arms up.
For warrior 1, the hips are square to the front. Sink your pelvis and reach your spin and arms up out of your pelvis. Vary between sinking down low and keeping your pelvis square to the front.
In warrior 2 the pelvis is turned to the side. Use your side thigh muscles to pull the bent knee back so that the knee is over the foot viewed from the front and from the side. Look at your front arm in this ashtanga yoga pose but stay aware of your back arm. Neck long!
From mountain pose, inhale lift the arms. Exhale fold. Inhale reach forwards, exhale to chaturanga dandasana. Inhale up dog, exhale down dog, inhale into utkatasana.
Hold for five then do a sun salute to downward dog. Inhale right foot forward warrior 1.
Inhale stand and turn and exhale into the left side.
Inhale and turn and exhale into left side warrior 2. Then inhale and exhale to right side.
Hold each of these poses for 5 breaths.
After the final warrior 2 do a sun salutation and finish in downward dog. From there jump forward to seated to begin the seated set of ashtanga yoga poses.
I get pain in my left hip in standing forward bends and even squats. Here are some of the exercises that I've used to make my hip feel better.
I've added part 2 to the description of this routine. Parts 3 and 4 to come (the videos are already on youtube.
This routine, with accompanying videos, includes knee strengthening exercises as well as exercises for basic strengthening, improving stability and balance. It also helps you to improve body awareness.
My latest video, some tips for getting comfortable in the deep squat. And suggestions for shifting weight to one leg while in a deep squat.
The seated get up is a way of getting into the one legged squat from a seated position. Even if you aren't interested in one leg squats this video does include tips on stabilizing the knees (at about the 5 minute mark.) Usual muscle activations for knee stability might include the quads, the hamstrings or any of the glutes. This looks at another set of muscles all together. If you like the video or find it helpful, please do share it! Thanks!
Some tips for learning how to do deep squats (without weight). The first tip is on how to stay balanced while squatting.
How do you learn the body weight safely? How do you work towards this pose even if you aren't sure if you are capable of doing it.
Basic yoga poses: standing, sitting, arm balances, binds, twists, inversions, back bending, front bends.
Some hip flexor strengthening exercises.
Scapular stabilization becomes a little bit harder when working agains the weight of the body. It can be easier to learn if you gradually increase the amount of body weight the scapular stabilizer muscles are working againsts..
These yoga poses can be used as arm strengthening exercises.
Turn yoga poses into leg strengthening exercises using floor pressing actions, leverage and friction.
One way of finding and fixing hip problems is to do standing hip strengthening exercises while balancing on one leg.
Knee anatomy for yoga teachers looks at the bones and muscles that comprise the back of the knee in simple terms.
Working towards a kneeling quadriceps stretch you first need to be able to kneel. If you have difficulty kneeling, you may find it helps to activate your quadriceps.
When doing quadriceps stretching it may help to activate and then relax your quadriceps in these standing, lunging, pigeon and supine yoga pose variations.
Some exercises and yoga poses for working towards a lying quadriceps stretch one leg at a time.
What are the benefits of the Dance of Shiva? Arm strength and balance, learning to learn and improving creativity.
This yoga routine video is designed to help you strengthen your arms and legs via the use of friction and pressure. It also teaches you how to become more aware of your body.
The transverse abdominis muscle can be broken down into three parts. Transverse abdominal exercises can thus affect the SI Joint, lumbar spine and the lower portion of the ribcage.