What is Tadasana or the Mountain Pose?
‘Tada’ = ‘mountain’ and ‘asana’ = ‘pose’
Though Tadasana (Mountain Pose) might seem simple, it is actually a deeply vital foundational pose for your yoga practice. It is considered the baseline for the many other standing poses in yoga, so correctly learning this posture is essential.
The foundation of all standing poses, Tadasana makes a great a starting position, resting pose, or tool to improve posture.
Instructions for Tadasana
Here is how you can include this pose in your everyday yoga routine:
- Stand with your feet slightly apart and make sure that your weight is balanced equally on both feet.
- Inhale, raise your arms above your head, interlock your fingers with palms facing upwards.
- Raise your shoulders up towards your ears and on an exhale, roll your shoulders back and down your spine, opening your chest and straightening your posture.
- Relax all muscles in your face, including your tongue.
You can also find the detailed instructions in the following video made by Yog4Lyf Yoga Instructor, Mrs. Kavita:
Sounds exciting? Let’s have a look at benefits of Tadasana
- Improves your posture
- May help increase height
- Boosts mental health
- Improves breathing
- Promotes weight loss
- Boosts energy levels
- Provides relief from Sciatica
Excited to do it? Don’t forget to include it in your next yoga session.
Though it may look simple, you need to be cautious while performing this pose. Here are some precautions you need to take:
- Pregnant women may find the need to adopt a wider stance while practicing Tadasana in order to feel stable.
- You should avoid practising Tadasana if you are suffering from low blood pressure, insomnia or have a headache or migraine.
- Holding the position for too long might lead to dizziness for some individuals.
While Tadasana is one of the most basic yoga asanas, it provides a challenge for all levels and offers several physical and emotional benefits.
Keep your practice fresh by continually thinking of ways to vary the pose.