Tadasana is translated as Mountain Pose in English. This pose is the base of all other poses. At first appearance, it looks like you are “just standing”, but let’s take a closer look… Once you apply these directions, you will find a freedom in your lower back and an energy that may have been missing in your yoga practice.
- stand with your feet hip’s width apart- this allows your bones to bear the weight of your body; you want your body to be like a ladder with feet under knees, knees under hip bones, shoulders over hips, ears in line with shoulders (this allows your bones to bear most of the weight and your muscle energy can be used to lift and help you get tall)
- press into the earth with the big toes and small toes, lift the three middle toes (this is extremely beneficial for the health of your feet)
- while you press down, draw energy up through the legs so you feel the quadriceps lift and the ribcage lift- your waist should get a little longer here and you will feel your core (abdominals and psoas) begin to work
- draw shoulders back so your arms externally rotate and palms of your hands face forward
- lift the crown of the head (the crown is where you would place a block on your head to balance)
- relax your face
Simple right? Now use these same principles and apply them in all of the poses you know. You will be amazed at how much better your practice will feel.