Maintain Alignment in Standing Poses

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.8 (137 votes)
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Understanding alignment is one of the most important aspects of yoga. It can be the difference between feeling good and experiencing pain after a yoga class. In this class, David teaches you how to maintain alignment in some of yoga's more common standing poses.

Equipment: Strap, Block, Blankets


Tess Laure 1 year ago

Even as an intermediate-level yogi, I always go back to beginner practices at the start of the New Year. The reminders of proper alignment, core activation, and breathing techniques are invaluable!

ksvonnegut 1 year ago

Simple, yet very controlled positions that help me to feel very stable.

Luna.Fjora 1 year ago

Essential to understand that having a good posture and good stability are the keys to having less problems with our bodies, in yoga and other life activities. Thank you.

Tina S 1 year ago

I can’t wait to see how much much more flexibility I would have the day after. After lesson 1, (I’m about a week behind). I woke up with no pain on my hips for the first in a very long time. Then I went to Tai Chi class and noticed how my feet were pointing forward and it it was easier to move around. Thanks, David.

Evee 1 year ago

I did my best. I will get better in time with practice.

EvaMargita 1 year ago

I have to question the constant "tilt your pelvis back" that you say up until warrior 2. Surely it should be tilt your pelvis forward?

David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Just to make sure we're on the same page, if you imagine that your pelvis is a bowl full of water, tilting the pelvis back means that you are trying to spill the water on your heels. Tilting the pelvis forward would be spilling the water on your toes.
Unless your pelvis is already tilted to far back, the tendency for most people is to inadvertently tilt it forward when doing backbends or stretching the groin or hip flexors. So I'm trying to bring awareness to that by encouraging students to tilt it the other way. You need to be careful that you're not over tilting, though. It's a fine balance.