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How to Do the Yoga Mountain Posture (Tadasana)

The mountain posture is the foundation for all the standing Yoga postures. Master this before moving on to the more involved postures. Tadasana aligns the body, improves posture and balance, and facilitates breathing. Although this exercise is commonly called the mountain posture, the name for this position is actually “palm posture,” from the Sanskrit word tada (pronounced tah-dah). Some authorities also refer to this exercise as the tree posture.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Stand tall but relaxed with your feet at hip width (down from the sits bones, not the outer curves) and hang your arms at your sides, palms turned toward your legs.

    The sits bones, also know as the ischial tuberosity, are the bony parts your feel underneath you when you sit up straight on a firm surface.

  2. Visualize a vertical line connecting the opening in your ear, your shoulder joint, and the sides of your hip, knee, and ankle.

    Look straight ahead, with your eyes open or closed; whichever feels most comfortable for you at your level.

  3. Remain in this posture for 6 to 8 breaths.

Note: In the classic version of this posture, the feet are together, and the chin rests on the chest.

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