Yoga: Know the right way to perform Tadasana

Tadasana is a simple standing asana, performed at the beginning and end of surya namaskara. Tadasana gets its name from ‘Taad’ which is Hindi translation for the palm tree

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Tadasana is a simple standing asana, which forms the basis for all the standing asanas. It is performed at the beginning and end of the surya namaskara sequence and is a key asana for all yoga practices.

This asana is helpful for cultivating stillness, strength and a sense of relaxed power. Tadasana can be performed between other asanas to allow the mind and body to absorb the benefits of the previous asana and prepare for the next one.

How to perform tadasana

Stand tall with spine erected; keep 5 inches distance between both the legs, bring your wearing mind at one position and keep concentrating on an object. Fix your eyes on the object throughout the practice. Breath normal, interlock your fingers, inhale and raise the arms with palms pointing at the sealing.

Try and breathe 5 breaths in the final position. It is difficult to maintain the balance but after practice it will become easier.

Benefits

Develops physical and mental balance, entire spine is stretched and loosened, this will help clear the congestion of the spinal nerves, helps to increase height.

Avoid these common mistakes

Don’t flatten the lumbar spinal curve by tucking your tailbone. This will push your hips forward and prevent you from forming a long line from your feet through the crown of your head.

Don’t roll to the outside edges of your feet or distribute your weight unevenly. This will interfere with the structural stability of every joint above your feet.

Tips for beginners

Stand with your back against a wall, straightening your body as much as you can. If standing is uncomfortable, practice the pose on a chair, following the instructions for the upper body while keeping the feet firmly grounded on the floor.