It is profoundly healing to allow your body to just be.
Tadasana, or mountain pose, is often overlooked. But its stillness builds strength that is unlike anything that comes from movement. Rather than rushing through it, come to the front of your mat, pause and notice how powerful it feels to stand tall like a mountain.
Tadasana forms the foundation for all the other poses. When you set up this pose properly, you’ll understand how your muscles and bones are designed to function. Bring intention to tadasana regularly and you won’t question what hip-width distance is, or what it means to have your head directly above your shoulders -- you’ll just know what your natural design is by feeling it.
Tadasana is practice for how to stand in your power in life. Being as strong and stable as a mountain means that nothing is going to knock you over. When you move from this aligned place, your organs function better, your breath comes more easily and your mind is calmer.
Bring in tadasana before your standing poses, or any time during your practice or life when you want stillness and strength. Stand tall and feel the earth beneath you.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
Tadasana from the ground up
Tadasana is a great way to improve posture. Try it against a wall (see the modifications) or even in a chair, on an airplane or at a desk. There’s no reason not to take a moment to feel like a mountain.
1. Stand at the front of your mat, feet hip-width distance apart and rebounding off the earth. With your spine in its natural curves, line up the middle of the sides of your ankles, the sides of your knees, hips, shoulders and tips of your ears.
As you stand in alignment, gently engage the lower front part of your thighs, just enough to lift your kneecaps. Lift from your pelvic floor (inside, just above your pubic bone) up the spine and through the crown of your head. Keep your hands relaxed, letting them hang naturally. Gaze at one spot in front of you or at the tip of your nose.
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