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Samasthiti - Four Part Equal Standing

Our first "silent" episode!

This new series is from the heart. I lost my voice this summer and have been adjusting my life and my work to vocal rest for healing. Because Chris and I met on a movie set and we both have an affinity for the silent movie era we decided to get creative and have some fun. Thus- the silent yoga series was born!
This video focuses on Samasthiti or Four Parts Equal Standing. An important and valuable tool for all standing postures where we ground down through the four corners of the feet but also draw energy up from the earth. Also valuable for all other postures- taking the essence of this balance, engagement and ease into all asana & movement. Find your yogi toes in time and feel that dual action of grounding and lifting! It takes practice but can be an empowering tool for asana and daily life. This may seem "easy" but there is more than meets the eye here. Connect inward and work from the ground up and the inside out creating a full body experience! Practicing this pose can improve your work out and the essence of your practice! *Check out our Mountain Pose video in the Foundations of Yoga Series for more on this posture!!! You can also connect this to the Sun Salutation video - beginning and ending with this posture like a baller.
A simple pose with A LOT to offer.

Less talk more walk! Reside in the silence, the breath. Find what feels good.

Practice and share your feedback with us. How would you describe the essence of Samasthiti and its benefits? Have you ever gone without speaking? Do you believe in the power of silence? Share with us down below!!!

Music by the kind and ever talented:

Shakey Graves

SONG: Chinatown

7 comments on “Samasthiti - Four Part Equal Standing”

  1. Thanks for posting this video! It made me realize how much weight I've been putting into my toes while in Mountain (or any pose similar to it, really). I will definitely keep this video in mind as I do my yoga flows. I think it'll help with the balance postures especially by reminding me to ground myself through the four corners of the feet. Thanks again, Adriene!

  2. Hi Adriene, I have very narrow feet and ankles, as well as being quite flat-footed, and I've found that no matter how much I try, I can never put equal weight on all 4 corners of my feet. With equal weight on both sides of the front of my feet, I end up on the outer edges of my heels, but if I try to but equal weight on both sides of my heels, my arches collapse inward.

    So I'm wondering if you have any suggestions to help those of us who are
    flat-footed find our optimum foundation and alignment in standing poses, and hopefully avoid knee and ankle pain.

    Thanks for all you do, by the way! 🙂 Although this is my first ever comment, I've been following along with your videos since the start of this year. I'm so very grateful for all the time and care you've put in.

    1. Hi, BonnyClare. I didn't even notice this was here before I posted about my flat feet. If you figured anything out please let me know.

  3. Hi Adriene! I have flat feet so certain poses, even four-part equal standing, are hard for me. However, I'm currently working on increasing my balance and having that proper foundation is vital. Any tips?

  4. Hi Adriene,

    Just like La Tesha and BonnieClare, I've flat feet too and a complete beginner to yoga, I actually started yoga to improve my flat feet and balance but it's really hard to have that proper foundation and pose without worrying that I might be hurting my knees, hips and ankles. Is there a place that you mentioned something about this that I oversaw ?

    Btw, I love the way you explain yoga and the phrases that you use, makes me more connected somehow:) I was starting to practice with an app but I was told that there are videos on youtube that help me more ( don't know how I forgot about youtube!!!! )

    Thank you so much

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