Ten Essential Poses In this practice we work through ten essential poses (some poses will have two or more variations) for your level 1 practice to strengthen and open your thighs and hips. Through your practice of these poses and the actions that support them, you have an opportunity to cultivate your discernment, a necessary quality on the path of Yoga. To know what is wanted and needed in each situation on the mat is to gain skill taking action toward your highest aims off the mat. How much effort is enough? What direction is your effort best placed? How long is your effort required? What is discernment good for on and off the mat? These and other considerations are addressed in this 60-minute level 1 class.