An Easy Guide to Tadasna, or Mountain Pose
Tadasana is a great yoga pose for beginners, as it is the foundation to lots of other yoga poses. It’s a restful pose, and often used for standing meditation.
Getting Tadasana right can correct a multitude of postural sins - from a sticking out belly to round shoulders.
Practice this yoga pose in a queue, at parties and around the office and you'll be well on your way to a fluid, limber frame.
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How to do Tadasana, or Mountain Pose in easy steps
Stand with feet together, big toes and heels touching. Arms by your sides.
Lift your toes off the mat and spread them back down - one by one.
Lift the inner ankles and knees and engage the thighs.
Ground down by pressing evenly through the 3 corners of the feet (inner and outer edge of the ball of the foot and the heel).
Engage the abdomen by slightly drawing it in, lift your chest, roll the shoulders back and down, away from your neck.
Gaze forward, hands by your sides, fingers alert but not strained.
Feel the energy lifting up and rooting into the earth at the same time.
Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
Yoga pose category: Standing
Try leaning your back against the wall to check that you’re practicing this yoga pose correctly. The spine and back should all be in one straight line.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Tada - mountain
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Tadasana has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Tadasana if you have any of the following health conditions:
Low blood pressure
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