In this course, we will explore how to teach the main standing asana based on functional anatomy and feet placement. We are all so different and one alignment cue does not suit all bodies. If you have been taught certain feet positions yet some of your students appear uncomfortable, unstable or awkward, perhaps it’s time to review and reconsider a different way to set up the foundation of asana.
A house is built from the foundation up and so too, is a well build asana. The importance of how to use the feet and where to put the feet can sometimes be lost to the more obvious and attractive position of the spine, arms or the hips. But if the feet are set appropriately, the rest of the body follows suit to find integrity and balance in the whole body. This course explains the importance of the appropriate distance of the feet in standing poses, the importance of grounding through the three points on each foot and how a stable foundation can effect the breath too.
Once we have a solid foundation, we can cultivate a feeling of stability, strength and ease in any asana. Each asana we perform can create a particular “bhavana”, or inner quality which emanates from within and can shift not just the physical body, but the student’s mood, mind and expression. When feeling unsteady on the feet, it causes unease in the whole body. Conversely, when feeling steady on the feet, we cultivate a quality of strength, clarity, power and peace.
This course contains 7 videos which will explore potential variations of feet placement in Tadasana, Virabhadrasana I & II, Trikonasana, Parivritti Trikonasana and Parsvottanasana.
This is an experiential course, so you will need a mat and comfortable clothes for you to follow along and try out some of the tips and tricks in these standing asana.