Do you wish there was a simple movement you could do to improve your posture, lift your mood and improve your physical condition? If so, then you should try Mountain Pose.
This ancient yoga move is also known as “tadasana” (tah-DAHS-uh-nuh), a combination of the Sanskrit words “tada” (mountain) and “asana” (pose).
“Performing this simple pose can change your physical state, mood and emotions simply by actively correcting your posture.”
Mountain Pose helps keep your spine in correct alignment: head over shoulders, shoulders over hips, and hips over ankles.
It looks like one continuous straight line from top to bottom.
Maintaining proper structural alignment has a tremendous impact on your everyday life.
It makes you perform better in sports. You move better in general. It can even help you breathe better.
But it might surprise you to learn that your emotions and your posture are connected too.
Think about how you feel when you’re having a bad day… whether it’s because you had a fight with your spouse, got stuck in traffic, or messed up on a work project.
You might notice your shoulders are slouched or your head is tilted down.
“Your body — and your posture — is a physical representation of your emotions.”
The reverse is true, too.
Mountain Pose, along with other yoga practices and proper body mechanics, can help balance not only your physical well-being, but also your emotional well-being.
Below, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to do the pose.
And be sure to check out the video so you can see how it’s done.
If you’re new to yoga poses, don’t worry. It’s a basic pose that even beginners can do easily.
How to do Mountain Pose
In the video below, I demonstrate how you can quickly do this pose anywhere you are.
After you watch the video, follow the step by step instructions listed below for best results.
1. Get into a standing position, with your feet hip distance apart and your arms by your outer hips.
2. Press your weight evenly across the balls and arches of your feet, gripping the floor with your feet, and pushing your big toes into the floor.
3. Press into the floor as if you are going to turn your feet out (but don’t actually move them). You’ll feel the squeeze in your thigh muscles and butt. Squeeze your butt tight.
4. Pull your belly button into your spine and tuck your tailbone in slightly.
5. Pretend you are holding an imaginary tennis ball between your chin and your chest, with the underside of your chin parallel to the floor.
6. Pretend there’s a string attached to the top of your head, pulling it gently up towards the ceiling.
7. Turn your palms facing out and spread your fingers. Press your shoulder blades down and back slightly.
8. Hold the position for 30-60 seconds. Focus on the present moment. Be sure to inhale (through your nose) and exhale (through your mouth) deeply.
This standing pose is like pressing the “reset” button.
You can practice Mountain Pose throughout the day, wherever you are, whether at home, work or school.
You’ll feel the effects, both physically and emotionally, right away.
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