Standing yoga seal is often practiced at the halfway point of a yoga class, once the muscles of the body are warm and able to release into the stretch.
The hands begin together behind the back and then are lifted as the body moves forward, providing a strong stretch for the front of the chest and helping to open the shoulders. The forward fold stretches the hamstrings and the muscles of the back of the body, helping to release tension. This posture is an inversion, as the head is lowered to a level below the heart.
Those suffering from tight hamstrings, restrictions in the lower back or a tight chest and shoulders may find this pose challenging. It may be modified for lower body restrictions by stepping the feet further apart or by bending the knees. To make the posture more accessible for the upper body, a strap can be clasped between the hands, allowing them to be lifted over the back without needing them to touch.
Standing yoga seal is contraindicated for those with non-medicated high blood pressure or for those with injuries to the back, legs, neck or shoulders.