It is important to pay attention to the use of the feet and legs in standing poses - obviously.
Consider what it means to you to ground through the feet; to feel stable and balanced - whether you are standing on one foot or two; whether you are on a mat or not.
Use the components from the moon and sun salutations like strengthening and lengthening the limbs in order to maintain a tall, spacious spine.
Firm the muscles around the kneecap by lifting the kneecaps when you are straightening the legs. Think opposition - ground through the heels and lift up through the legs. Lift and lengthen the back of the body up through/away from the heels to create space throughout the entire spine, and breathe easily through the ribs.
The strength of the legs in standing postures supports and helps to maintain a long, spacious torso in all directions: front to back, side to side, top to bottom. Notice the response of the spine as you learn to work with strong, steady feet and legs (firm kneecaps) - even the arms will aid you in the ultimate quest for space.
Most importantly - enjoy the process and thank yourselves just for showing up.
Videography: Grant Henry