Tadasana - The MountainTadasana - The Mountain by Sue Fuller

Tadasana the mountain provides an important foundation for all standing postures.

This posture allows you to establish a solid base. It helps open the chest and align the spine.  It allows you to correctly align your body and discover how the body feels when standing with the weight distributed evenly.  Tadasana provides a sound base prior to moving through a standing series or when you need to centre yourself at any time during a yoga practise.

Begin standing, depending upon the shape of your feet you can either stand with feet together or join the base of the big toes or have a small space between the insides of your feet.  Make sure that your second toe is pointing straight forward. 

Take your time to distribute your weight evenly through the soles of your feet.

Feel the connection between your feet and the earth.

Allow your arms to relax alongside your body.

Draw up your lower abdominal muscles and allow the tail bone to relax and lengthen.

Feel yourself growing out of the crown of your head, broaden your upper back and relax your shoulders.

Breathe slowly in and out through your nose.

This posture is great for Beginners it helps to develop a foundation in the practice by establishing correct alignment and good posture.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher and writer.  She has created over 60 audio yoga classes for all different levels and requirements, classes are available from www.yoga2hear.co.uk and www.wellbeingworldonline.com.