Tadasana

I. Introduction

  • This posture is also known as Samasthiti.

II. Practice

  • Stand straight with the feet together, the heels and the big toes touching¬† each other. Place the heads of the metatarsals (Bones of the sole) on the floor and stretch the toes on the floor.
  • Tighten the knees and pull the knee-caps up, contract the buttocks and pull up the muscles of the back of the thighs.
  • Pull the stomach inside, chest thrust out, spine stretched up and the neck straight.
  • Distribute the weight of the body evenly on the heels and the toes.
  • Usually in this posture, arms are stretched out over the head, but one can place them by the side of the thighs.

BENEFITS:

Performing the Tadasana allows one to observe one’s posture closely and clearly recognize problems that get masked or ignored usually. As the posture is held and the breath, mind and body is quieted various effects will surface to indicate difficulties with the spine. Favoring one foot over the other, shifting back and forth, drooped shoulders, tightness in the neck and upper or lower back, and various other physiological disturbances may appear indicating the need for further practice.

The proper execution and continual practice of the Tadasana along with other postures helps to reverse the negative effects of poor posture.