Tada – A mountain
Tadasana is the foundation for all standing postures just as Dandasana is the foundation for all seated postures.
- Standing correctly is grounding to both the body and mind
- Helps to improve posture by strengthening the back, abdomen, and legs.
- May help to alleviate types of back pain aggravated by poor posture.
- Those with low blood pressure may need to avoid elevating the arms and/or may benefit by using a wall as a support.
- Stand with the feet either hip width apart, big toes slightly closer than heels, or touching and toes spread out.
- Press towards the ball of each foot and the outside of the heels.
- The outside of the feet should be parallel; check that the second toe of each foot is in alignment with the shin.
- The knees and backs of the thighs should lift up, hips will contract.
- The tailbone drops down towards the ground while the belly moves towards the spine and the pubic bone moves up to the belly.
- When the shoulders shrug down and back the breastbone will reach upwards.
- Head should rest lightly on the first vertebra, ears above the shoulders.
- If hands are extended at sides the middle finger should be in alignment with the illiotibial band
- With hands extended overhead the biceps should come alongside the ears, shoulders dropping down the back, fingers spread, and the smallest fingers reaching inwards slightly.