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Level 1/2
10 min

Standing Poses Tutorial

Hatha | By Darren Rhodes on Aug 12 2012
Prepare for level 2 with Darren Rhodes as he offers tips for finding steadiness in standing poses. This tutorial offers guidelines for setting up your foundation for several types of standing poses.


Prepare for level 2 with Darren Rhodes as he offers tips for finding steadiness in standing poses. This tutorial offers guidelines for setting up your foundation for several types of standing poses.


  • Michelle Marchildon     Apr 15th, 2013
    I am hip to the obtuse, but mostly oblivious to the obvious. Thank you Darren. I am using the tips here to teach about finding steadiness in very unsteady times.
    • Darren Rhodes     Apr 16th, 2013
      Michelle Marchildon,
      Great to get a comment from you on yogaglo. Made tax day a little less taxing:)
  • Huda Mussa     Feb 22nd, 2013
    That tutorial was very illuminating. What is confusing for me is that different schools of yoga have different instructions regarding standing poses alignment and foot placement. I took yoga from three different schools: Iyengar, old Anusara and Ashtanga. I don't know which school I shall stick to. I would like your input about it.
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 23rd, 2013
      I like your question. My answer: stick to all three and more! I say, align with what aligns with you. Yogaglo is such a great resource because it offers so many practitioner perspectives. Via your comments it's clear to me that you are a very mature practitioner. Therefore, I'm guessing you know what works for you. I recommend you not try and fit yourself into any style but rather use each style to stoke your sadhana. As long as you don't feel you must subscribe to a certain system of yoga, I think your confusion can become crystal clear clarity quite quickly. Christina Sell is a great example of this type of practitioner. She continues to deeply immerse herself in many systems of yoga. In doing so she has something very unique and valuable to offer any and every asana student. Lastly, knowing why different systems say different things is useful. I hope that is useful to you.
  • Sarah Higgins     Jan 11th, 2013
    cool. I like the bending the back knee to lift front heel and pivot tip on wide legged standing poses. Really helped clear my hip flexor for 1/2 moon. thanks!
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 23rd, 2013
      Your comment is great news to me. I am really focused right now on ways to clear hip flexors. A couple of key alignment cues for that in asana: engage glutes, tone abs, and move top of femurs back often via external rotation. Also, if you happen to get too much stretch in your back leg in Vira 1: lift your back heel vertical and bend your back knee slightly.
  • Jennifer Pittam     Dec 22nd, 2012
    Darren, Not so obvious at all, thank you. Particularly appreciated the definition of 'wide stance' and the comment that wide stance is not invariably the optimal one.
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 22nd, 2012
      I'm amazed at how often oblivious I am to the obvious. The obvious does indeed so often hide in plain sight.
      Happy Nearly Now Year,
  • Bree      Aug 24th, 2012
    Great lesson that I needed!
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 22nd, 2012
      I'm glad you got what you needed.
      Happy Nearly New Yoga Year,
  • Kassandra Morrison     Aug 16th, 2012
    So helpful, Darren! You explained things very clearly that I never learned from others but now realize I had just figured out for myself along the way. Having you explain them in detail gives me ways to help my students. Thank you!
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 22nd, 2012
      Dear Kassandra,
      I'm sending out a shout to you for figuring this stuff out on your own. It is very meaningful to me that something you learned in this session will support your students.
      Hero Happy Nearly New Year,
  • Krista Starr     Aug 16th, 2012
    Thank you for providing such clarity. I thought I knew the proper stances for the standing poses, but this refined it even more. So grateful.
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 22nd, 2012
      Krista Starr-roar,
      Way to align with the power of refine.
  • Adley Bertsch     Aug 12th, 2012
    Darren, I have so been appreciating your classes via my home in Teton Valley, Idaho- thank you! Your directions are clear and your approach to teaching I find to be so helpful and engaging. Additionally, I worked at the Laughing Goat for many years and hence love the shirt! Thank you for what you do.
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 13th, 2012
      I'm so glad you have found my classes hatha helpful! And wow, you worked at the Laughing Goat! One of the best Coffee Houses I've ever been to. Thanks for your supportive words.
  • Mahala Helf     Aug 12th, 2012
    Darren, it would be wonderful to hear what your teaching is on how specific the focus point should be for particular poses, from down dog to tree to crow to....
    I understand that of course no one should do what tweaks their neck, but are the stages offered in many classes a traditional/beneficial progression with traditional benefits and/or more extra challenges/prep along the lines of pilates/core exercises incorporated in many classes? For example, from my first class, I heard to raise your gaze in tree to the ceiling, then bend upper back head & look behind, and even for down dog I've heard different drishti.
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 13th, 2012
      Hey Mahala, my experience to "raise your gaze in tree" would be a more advanced variation, especially with the backbend. Your contemplation is a good one. To find out what the classical forms are check out Light On Yoga. And yes, the focus point in each poses can change and differ from tradition to tradition. I hope that helps a little.
      • Mahala Helf     Feb 22nd, 2013
        Yes indeedy!
        • Darren Rhodes     Feb 23rd, 2013
          Yoga Yes to that!
  • Nick Heng     Aug 12th, 2012
    Thank you Darren. blessings. x
  • Lorna Booker     Aug 12th, 2012
    Not 'obvious' to me, but a very helpful tutorial, thank you.
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 12th, 2012
      Thanks for pointing out that the obvious is so often not obvious at all! I'm glad this was Hatha helpful!