Tadasana and Samasthitih
I used to do the Tadasana many times during my yoga exercises and most of the time it felt like a simple standing pose that I didn’t need to do much in. I saw it as a relaxation break between the poses. Sometimes it really does serve that purpose of taking a deep breath between the poses. I wondered what is the Tadasana pose really about, I didn’t want to just stand there and not get the best out of the pose, after all, it is an asana and I should give it the respect it deserves.
The Tadasana or Samasthitih are both names that refer to the same asana, one from the Sanskrit words that mean ‘mountain’ and ‘posture’ that is the Tadasana and the other from the Sanskrit words that mean ‘straight’ and ‘stand’ which is the Samasthitih. This is a simple answer to the question what is the Tadasana pose by definition.
The Easiest Yoga Pose
This is one of the basic standing postures in yoga and definitely one of the easiest to do. There is some variation of the pose, depending on the yoga style but the most common one is where you stand straight with your feet together (ideally the big toes would be touching), arms beside the body, gaze straight, back straight and shoulders relaxed.
It is difficult for me at this point to stand with my feet together because I feel like I am loosing balance, but yoga isn’t about creating the perfect pose. So it is completely fine to stand with your feet a few inches apart until you feel comfortable in that position, this is what I usually do.
It is considered an easy pose and everyone can do it, you don’t need to be in shape or any special props or previous knowledge in yoga. There are many good online explanations on how to do the Tadasana pose and you can try it for yourself within a few minutes after reading or seeing the pose done.
If you are reading this now I suggest you get up from your chair and continue reading, by the time you get to the end of this post you will have done your first Tadasana pose!
GET UP FROM YOUR CHAIR – IT WILL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE!
Simple Things To Notice
- Stand Straight with your feet together, ideally, your big toes would be touching each other, but if that is not possible it is fine to separate them by a few inches until you feel comfortable.
- Imagine you are grounded evenly from the tips of your feet to the crown of your head as if you were a mountain.
- Hands beside your body.
- Lift your kneecaps but don’t harden your lower belly.
- Open your chest.
- Scoop the tailbone in.
- Turn your inner thighs inward, gently.
- Breath easily.
- Smile 🙂
- Stay in this pose for 30 seconds up to a minute.
You can watch this great explanation by Adriene:
AWESOME! You Just Did The Tadasana Pose!
It may look as if you’re just standing there but the Tadasana or Mountain pose is an important pose because this is the pose that connects between all the other standing poses. You should feel your body working on grounding to the floor and feel a great good stretch in your body.
I concentrate on my breath while in this pose and try to pay attention to the present moment, I feel that this helps me to get into a relaxed state of mind and simply enjoy my experience.
You Can Do This Pose Anywhere!
Standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, at the bar, at the beach, absolutely anywhere! (well, maybe not on the bus that would be a bit difficult to keep balance).
If you are at the office and want to stand up from your chair this is a great opportunity for you to get up, smile and enjoy. The best part of this pose is that it can be done by everyone, everywhere and at any time.
I love doing this pose after sitting a long time in front of a computer. I find it difficult to simply stand still and focus on my breath, that’s why this pose is so great because it forces me to concentrate on the present moment. I found that it is easier for me to concentrate when I count my breaths, I try to think only about my body and pay attention to my posture.
Did You Try It Out?
I wonder how many of you really got up from your chair and tried to do the Tadasana. I would most definitely love to hear from you if you managed it and how it felt?
Let me know in the comments below and I will be glad to reply.