Mountain Pose makes for a great starting position and resting pose for your yoga practice. It’s great for relieving tension if you are sitting a lot of the day and it can improve your posture!
The Sanskrit Name is Tadasana.
The benefits of this pose are:
- Improves posture
- Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
- Firms abdomen and buttocks
- Relieves sciatica
- Reduces flat feet
Here’s how to do the Mountain Pose Step-By-Step
- Come to stand with your big toes touching and your heels slightly apart. Lift and spread your toes wide, releasing them down to the ground, and root down through all four corners of your feet — the big toe mound, pinky toe mound, and the two outer edges of your heels.
- Firm your thigh muscles and lift the kneecaps, without hardening your lower belly. Lift the inner ankles to strengthen the inner arches, then imagine a line of energy all the way up along your inner thighs to your groin, and from there through the core of your torso, neck, and head, and out through the crown of your head. Turn the upper thighs slightly outward.
- Lengthen your tailbone down toward the floor and find a neutral pelvis.
- Draw your low ribs into your body and press your shoulder blades into your back, lifting your sternum. Move your shoulders away from your ears, and broaden your collarbones.
- Relax your arms by your sides, and turn your palms to face forward to open up through your chest.
- Bring your chin parallel to the floor and soften your face and jaw. Soften your eyes. Get tall from the soles of your feet up and out through the crown of your head.
- Remain in the pose anywhere from 5 to 10 breaths.
If you’d like to find more yoga poses to help combat sitting at a desk all day join our Desk Yoga Workshop on Saturday, April 28th from 2pm – 4pm for just £25