Thursday, December 2, 2010

Taking Time in Tadasana

December Pose of the Month

During the holidays, its easy to get overwhelmed with commitments and responsibilities. Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, provides us with a solid base to start any day, especially a busy one. While it is a basic yoga posture, it also improves posture and creates space for the internal organs to work more efficiently.

Benefits of this pose include but are not limited to:
  • Relief from sciatica
  • Reduction in flat feet
  • Stronger abdomen, thighs, knees and ankles
How to -

1. Stand with the bases of your big toes touching, heels slightly apart (so that your second toes are parallel). Lift and spread your toes and the balls of your feet, then lay them softly down on the floor. Rock back and forth and side to side. Gradually reduce this swaying to a standstill, with your weight balanced evenly on the feet.

2. Press your shoulder blades into your back, then widen them across and release them down your back. Without pushing your lower front ribs forward, lift the top of your sternum straight toward the ceiling. Widen your collarbones. Hang your arms beside the torso.

Tadasana is usually the starting position for all the standing poses. But it's useful to practice Tadasana as a pose in itself. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing easily.

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