How many of us can stand comfortably on two feet? It may sound crazy, but most of the time we’re either having our weight on one leg or hopping from one leg to the other. Standing still, totally balanced isn’t our thing. With most of us our body is out of shape, due to prolonged sitting at an office, behind computers, or hanging in our sofa like a bag of potatoes. Tadasana – mountain posture – is a very simple pose, that teaches us to stand up straight and tall again.
A lot of yoga postures are challenging. Tadasana looks easy, but it can be challenging as well. Just stand still, close your eyes and feel your balance. Can you find your center? Standing without any effort, totally still, not moving from one side to the other? Not having pain in your back, neck or shoulders? Because we often stand in an incorrect way, we put to much pressure on one side of the body,
Tadasana is also known as Samasthiti. Tada means mountain, so Tadasana means mountain pose. Sama means up right, straight; without movement. Sthiti means strong. So in Tadasana / Samasthiti we stand strong, upright, without movement; like a mountain.
Getting in to Tadasana
-Stand tall. Heels and big toes of both feet are touching each other. The end of your metatarsals are touching the floor. Tows are flat and touch the floor as well.
-Engage your thigh muscles, lifting your knee caps up. Lift the inside of your feet, to strengthen the inner arches. Engage your hamstrings.
-Pull your belly button in, engaging your abdominal muscles slightly. Bring your chest a bit forward, lengthening your spine. Keep your neck straight.
-Distribute your weight equally over your left and right feet and the front and back of your feet.
Benefits of Tadasana
-Improves posture, by learning yourself the correct way to stand and not to ‘hang in your body’
-Reduces flat feet by training yourself to lift the arches of your feet up
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga