Tadasana, often known as the “mother of asanas,” is a very basic yoga stance that serves as the foundation for all other poses. One of the first stances taught in a yoga class is usually this one. You must first master Mountain pose before moving on to other more advanced postures, from inversions to balancing poses.
How Does Mountain Pose Work?
Mountain pose is a basic yoga pose where the yogi stands sturdy and straight with their feet planted on the ground. It is a common starting point for many other standing postures, such as Tree pose and the Warrior poses.
Because Mountain pose appears to be so simple, you may be tempted to skip it or rush through it. It is, however, the ultimate technique to tune into your body and set the foundation for perfect alignment throughout your whole practice. Beginning your next yoga sech with Mountain pose will help the energy move down the body, and allow the free passage of prana in the spine. You must feel grounded, stable, and connected to the earth while performing the position.
How to Do Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Although this yoga pose may appear straightforward, it still needs active muscle engagement. Here is a step-by-step guide for performing Mountain Pose:
- Start with the alignment of the feet, place them hip-width apart, and press the four corners of your feet into the ground. Keep your back straight and your arms at your side. To find the right balance, lift and spread your toes, then shift your weight.
- Firm your quadriceps, elongate your tailbone, and gently raise your kneecaps. Maintain a straight line with your legs but avoid locking your knees, which can put unnecessary pressure and stress on your joints. Then align your shoulder blades with your hips.
- Balance the crown of your head directly over the center of your pelvis, with the underside of your chin parallel to the floor. Relax your eyes and take a few deep breaths while you maintain the pose.
Benefits of Mountain Pose
Promotes Good Posture
If you have a habit of slouching, then doing Tadasana can help. As you practice this asana on a regular basis, you will notice that your back pain will lessen. You will learn to stand tall naturally and your posture will improve.
Even while this posture may not appear to be much, it is an excellent way to strengthen the muscles in your legs, abdomen, and lower back. Furthermore, being conscious of your muscles encourages active contraction, which results in stronger muscular fibers. Yoga may not only relax your muscles but also strengthen them over time. That’s a win-win!
Provides Relief From Sciatica
Sciatica is a type of lower back discomfort that can spread down the back of the buttocks, thighs, and legs. It affects between 5% to 10% of the general population. Tadasana may help to treat sciatica pain and it also helps prevent it from happening in the future.