Tadasana (Samasthiti, Mountain Pose)
This asana can be performed as follows:
- Stand with your feet together flat on the floor. The big toe joints and the inner ankle bones must be slightly touching each other.
- Hold your body in a straight line facing forwards. Relax your arms down by the sides with palms facing towards your body and fingers gently curled up. And thumbnails facing forwards.
- Pull the kneecaps up and pull or stretch up leg muscles.
- Tuck the tailbone under.
- Lift up and open the front of the body.
- Relax your shoulders down and lengthen back of the neck by lowering your chin slightly.
- Rest your head evenly at the top of the spine. Maintain a straight upright posture, hold and breathe normally.
The benefits of Tadasana or the mountain pose are:
- It encourages a good posture.
- Helps in the realignment and the straightening of the body.
- Helps the body to calm down.
While performing this asana one must ensure that the body weight is evenly distributed across the soles of both the feet. This posture must be practiced before and after all the standing postures in yoga. In Tadasana the body is rooted to the ground and is as steady like a mountain.