Seal Pose Yoga
As you breathe in this pose, feel free to shut your eyes, working on maintaining your center of gravity. Stay in this pose for as long as you’d like – there’s a lot of benefit to learning how to stand properly!
Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
Inhale, bring your hands overhead, keeping the shoulders relaxed and bringing your gaze up. Try to keep the same alignment from Tadasana – it’s harder when you extend your arms so really pay attention to your hips and lower back. Allow the chest to open and expand evenly across the collarbones and shoulder blades as you feel a gentle stretch through the shoulders.
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Image)
Exhale, bending from the hips, bring the hands down to the ground. If your hands do not touch, allow them to rest on your shins or thighs. Allow the head to be heavy so that your neck can relax and lengthen. Keep the legs strong and engaged by pulling the kneecaps up. To more effectively perform this pose, pull the lower abdomen up and in. The spine should feel like it is lengthening as you continue to get deeper and deeper into the fold.
Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend)
Inhale and bring your hands to your shins. Open the chest forward and gently squeeze the shoulder blades together. Keep your hips directly over the ankles and your gaze forward.