Also known as Yoga Mountain Pose, Tadasana is the basic standing form of the human body.
While it sounds simple - just stand there, there is a huge difference when you are practising this asana!
Here’s how to embody your Tadasana:
Lift up your toes, and spread them wide, feeling all four corners of your feet engaging the ground. Feel your arches naturally lift.
Let your toes release onto the ground while maintaining the evenly grounded feet.
Line your ankles, knees and hips up so they stack one on top of the other.
Engage your quadriceps and feel them lifting up toward your pelvis.
Release your pelvis down toward the earth – not tucking under, but extending.
Extend your spine toward the sky and broaden your collarbones.
Relax and soften your shoulders, letting the shoulder blades slide down the back of your spine.
A strong, supple Tadasana is the perfect base posture to explore pranayamas. Each of these has a slightly different effect. Be aware of the grounding action through the pelvis, legs and feet, and the ascending, lifting action of the spine.
This asana works on your muscles so that your posture is not only better, but also pain-free while you are at your sedentary desk job. It works to align your skeleton and bring it back to a neutral stance. When this happens, your body comes in to the start point for all the other asanas to follow. However basic - this asana combats our excessive smartphone usage and unhealthy sitting postures at work because of which there is always a tight muscle or some alignment amiss. This asana corrects them all. It is the muscular effort that it takes to get into this asana that helps strengthen the core and straighten rounded, weak backs.