What is Tadasana?
Tadasana is one of the basic standing postures which forms the foundation of many other yoga postures. For people who regularly practice Surya Namaskar must be familiar with it.
The word is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘Tada’ which stands for mountain and ‘Asana’ which stands for pose or posture. It is known as the Mountain pose because it helps you be stable, strong and still like the mountain. It is also sometimes referred to as ‘samasthiti’ which means straight and upright.
Benefits of Tadasana:
Tadasana helps in strengthening your legs, specifically thigh, knee, and ankle. Some of our clients have seen a lot of health benefits that come from Tadasana including:
- Tadasana has proven to be significantly helpful in increasing height as it lengthens the spine
- It improves your overall body balance and posture
- It helps in stimulating the nervous system as a whole
- It is useful in reducing back and neck pain
- It helps you in toning your core and buttocks
- It helps in improving the function of your digestive and respiratory system
- For women, it helps in regulating your menstrual
- It is also useful in reducing the problem of flat feet
- It improves the concentration of your mind
Who can practice this asana?
Tadasana is suitable for people of all ages.
However, below are the precautions you should take:
People who have headaches, low blood pressure, insomnia should not practice the asana for a very long time. Women who are in their menstrual cycle or pregnant are also advised to refrain from practicing the pose.
Step-wise Guide: How to do Tadasana
Step 1: Stand on your yoga mat with your feet together, hands relaxed on your side and your head facing the front.
Step 2: Inhale deeply and raise both your arms gradually in the upward direction. Interlock your fingers over your head and hold.
Step 3: Now slowly shift the weight by raising your heels and standing on your toes. Try to balance and stay still.
Step 4: Hold the pose along with your breath for 10 seconds. If you are having trouble balancing, it is helpful to keep your eyes closed to improve concentration.
Step 5: Exhale and release your arms and feet to come back to the starting position.
Step 6: Repeat the same procedure 10-15 times.
Things to take care of:
- Your back must be kept straight throughout the practice
- Take your time and do not rush
- If you have difficulty in the beginning, take the support of the wall
Once you are comfortable with the posture, you can challenge yourself going forward. You can set a daily limit and hold the posture for a longer time. You can push yourself to beat the limit every day and raise the bar for yourself.
If you follow all the instructions properly, you will also notice your mental health improving. Yoga has known to improve concentration and reducing anxiety as it helps in focusing your inner energy in a positive direction. Practicing yoga regularly helps your body and mind feel good and remain fit.