Ibiza Yoga: Revisiting Tadasana

Yoga pose: Tadasana Continuing our series of how-to’ Yoga posture explanations by Ibiza yoga instructor Susie Howell of Ibiza Retreats.

NAME:  REVISITING TADASANA

MEANING: In Sanskrit, ‘tada’ means mountain and asana means pose, so this name literally translates to ‘mountain pose’.

BENEFITS: We’ve talked a lot about the sitting postures so far and I think it’s now time to reintroduce the standing postures. We are going to look at seven standing postures over the next seven blogs, beginning with a general overview of why they are important, so please take a look back at the Tadasana article from our very first blog entry.

Many students are quick to want to move away from Tadasana, because they want to try the more interesting postures. But challenge yourself to spend some time here before you move on. Feel the body. Feel the breath. Feel your weight on both your feet.

WHY PRACTISE STANDING POSTURES?

  • Standing postures build a strong foundation for any practice. Even the names project strength and power, like mountain, warrior…
  • They help us develop better awareness and control of our bodies. We learn to move the arms and legs, fingers and toes, the spine and the head to correct structural problems in our bodies. And thus develop better postures in the process!
  • They promote strength and stamina, flexibility and balance in the body but also vitality and clarity of the mind.

HELPFUL HINT: None of us are even on both sides – so get to know your body. Feel where you are unbalanced and stronger on one side. Find strength here and then use your learnings in other postures.