Standing poses invigorate the whole body, increasing strength and flexibility while improving balance. They are the foundation for many other poses.
Start in Standing Mountain, then move your legs so that your feet, still pointed ahead, are 3 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms overhead, lifting straight up from the shoulders, palms facing each other. Next, pivot your left foot about 45 degrees in and your right foot 90 degrees, turning your torso to the right so that it is facing the same direction as your right leg. Then, bend the right knee (no further than a 90-degree angle), keeping arms raised. Return to start position and switch to other side.
Kalli Rasbury (pictured in photos) is a yoga instructor in Birmingham, Alabama.