Starting off my yoga challenge with Mountain pose or Tadasana. I love this pose because it makes me feel grounded to the earth and rooted down through my feet. A main issue with this pose is letting my shoulders lift when I raise my arms. I try to keep my shoulders down but my arms elongated. You can begin your practice in Tadasana by rooting down through your feet. Make sure there is equal distribution of weight in both feet which grounds you to your mat. Keep your legs activated but soften your knees so that they don’t lock into place. Keep your tailbone tucked in a neutral position…no duck butts! As you raise your arms, lengthen through the spine but be sure to keep your shoulders down and relaxed.
If I begin with Tadasana, I close my eyes or soften my gaze and focus in this pose. This posture is also a great start to a moon salutation. Gently bend to the right side keeping your arms raised above your head. Work through center and mountain pose and bend to the left side. This is a great way to stretch out the side of your body. Mountain pose can also be incorporated into your sun salutations.
Tadasana is a great way to begin my yoga challenge. It’s a pose I feel strong and courageous in. Occasionally when I use this pose in my at-home practice I will add a light back bend. Simply clasp your hands together and gently lift up and out of your hips bending backwards gently.
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