Yoga Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is the most basic foundation for your yoga practice. To beginners, it appears as simply standing at the top of your mat with your arms at your sides. There is much more to this crucial pose. From sun salutations to difficult balancing poses, many begin from the mountain pose.
The alignment that makes up mountain is the same alignment that makes all other poses in your yoga practice possible. It may be hard to believe but the body alignment involved with mountain pose is how the human body was designed to stand.
After reading the instructions for mountain pose, take a moment to go through some of your favorite yoga poses. You will notice that the alignment cues your teachers give you for those poses are the exact same for mountain. I recommend taking a few moments in mountain before every yoga class or at home practice. Utilize the time to set an intention for your practice, deepen your breathing in order to warm up your body, and ground yourself to your mat.
Bottoms up; The foundation of any yoga pose starts at the base, so basically, whatever part of your body is touching the mat is your base. The power generated from standing yoga poses will start at the feet and work it's way through the legs, the hips, then projected up through the rest of the body.
The most tangible benefits of the yoga mountain pose are improved balance and posture. We are all born with a natural sense of balance and when mountain is executed properly, the pose will strengthen your thighs and abdominal muscles creating a strong foundation for you to work from.
The Mountain Pose is the foundation for all other standing poses and is frequently used as a starter or transition pose for many other yoga postures.
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