Tadasana Yoga Benefits: What You Need To Know
Tadasana, also known as the Mountain Pose, is considered as the most basic posture of all yoga. It seems simple, but there’s quite a lot going on in the body to pay attention to. Often, the ancient yogis are depicted standing in Tadasana because this posture is the base of all yoga. It is like coming to terms with the challenges where one addresses the full dynamics of the opportunities yoga affords.
The Mountain Pose can be practised anywhere, while you’re at work or on the go- whenever you need to pause and feel more centred. Do you sometimes feel like flying away while at the same time wanting to be connected to the Earth? If yes, then Tadasana is the pose you must practice each morning. In this pose, you achieve the balanced combination of the feet being grounded and at the same time the body lifting, along with the correct alignment of the posture.
So, here’s our advice: Start your day with the mountain pose which will centre your body and mind and help you keep your balance- no matter the troubles you will encounter during the day.
- Start with positioning your feet hip-width apart with the toes pointed forward. Feet are the base and foundation of Tadasana. So it is fundamental that there be a sense of them being grounded. Now lift and spread your toes and the balls of your feet so that they lay softly down on the floor. Move back and forth and side-to-side so that your weight is balanced evenly on the feet.
- Without hardening the lower part of your belly, firm your thigh muscles and lift the knee caps. Now lift the inner ankles to harden the inner arches, then imagine a line of energy all the way up along your inner thighs to the groins, and from there to the core of your neck, torso, and head, and out through your head. Turn the upper part of your thighs slightly inward while lengthening your tailbone toward the ground and lift the pubis toward the navel.
- Press the blades of your shoulders into your back, widen them across and release them down your neck. Lift the top of your sternum straight toward the ceiling without pushing your lower front ribs forward. Widen your collarbones and hang your arms beside the torso.
- Balance your head directly over the centre of your pelvis, with the underside of your chin parallel to the floor. Soften your throat and widen the tongue flat on the floor of your mouth. Now, soften your eyes.
- Stay in this pose for 1 minute while breathing easily.
- Tadasana or the Mountain Pose allows you to become aware of your body posture and strengthens the muscles of your legs. This pose is very centering and can help to slow and deepen the breath. It can be used to provide more support for the spine and awaken the core muscles.
- It will draws the attention inwards and allow you to experience the here and now. This pose is very helpful if your mind is overactive and you have difficulties in switching off.
- Equal distribution of weight will reduce the risk of premature slouching and wear & tear on the joints.
- By practising this pose, you will be strong and steady as a mountain. Just like a mountain, Tadasana represents solidarity. It will promote trust and confidence.
- It aids diaphragmatic breathing, thus calming the mind.
If you have very low blood pressure or balance problems, do not hold the Mountain Pose for very long. You can practice it near a chair and sit often.
With continued practice, Tadasana will teach us how to keep ourselves solid and grounded in a world full of chaos, commotion, and distractions. If there is anything, you would like to know more drop your queries in the comment box below.