Tadasana is the simple and common standing yoga posture.
Tadasana looks simple but is the foundation posture of almost all the standing and inversion yoga asanas.
It is also incorporated as a resting posture and considered as a pose that will enhance your posture if done correctly.
You can tell that Tadasana is the nucleus of each and every other standing posture.
Hence, there arises a need to do master it in the right way.
Meaning of Tadasana
The name Tadasana comprises of two Sanskrit words - Tada meaning ‘Mountain' and Asana meaning ‘Posture' or ‘Seat'.
Hence, Tadasana by itself means Mountain Posture.
That is why, Tadasana is also referred to as ‘Mountain Pose'.
The basic objective of Tadasana is to harvest the strength, balance and peace very same like a mountain.
Before doing Tadasana
Tadasana is a very beginner asana.
However, you must understand that, with this simple yoga posture you are stacking each and every individual bone of yours, starting from the bottom of your toe to the top of your head, one above the other.
Doing it correctly and regularly will align your posture to perfect.
Hence, before doing Tadasana, make sure you get into a really attentive state as this decides your following asana's starting position and determine your body alignment.
Second, you can practice Tadasana even after taking in food.
BUT, if you are going to follow Tadasana with other yoga asanas, there must be a minimum time difference of 4 hours between consuming food and performing Tadasana.
How to do Tadasana - Step-by-step Instruction
Here is the step by step guide in order to perform Tadasana.
You have now set the foundation of the asana perfectly. Let's go ahead!
CHECK POINTS FOR 'PERFECT' TADASANA POSTURE
Standing in Tadasana, you can close your eyes and feel grateful for all the good things blessed upon you.
Now, you can open your eyes and focus on an imaginary ‘Drishti'. Drishti refers to the focal point here.
In Tadasada, the Drishti is the end of your nose (Source).
So, think of an imaginary heart or dust or anything for that matter at the end of your nose and focus on it for a few seconds without any force.
This takes the asana to the next level making you self-centered with the posture.
Closing your eyes while in Mountain Pose may make you wobble in the initial stages of practice. But that's always fine. Just try your best to balance your position.
The very basic variation includes the various positions of your arms. Here are a few positions you can consider.
The simple standing posture, Mountain pose, offers many good benefits. Some of the top benefits are mentioned below.
You can perform the following poses to prepare for Tadasana.
Tadasana can be a preparatory pose for the following Asanas.
Who should not do Tadasana
Refrain from doing Mountain pose if you suffer from: