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BKS Iyengar

"Tada" means "mountain" and "asana" means pose or posture in Sanskrit. Thus Tadasana is a pose where we are to stand as steady and tall as a mountain. This pose sometimes goes by another Sanskrit name "Samasthiti" which means upright, unmoved, even, just, impartial and good. Tadasana by either name is the fundamental yoga posture whose spirit is to be found in all other asanas. Tadasana can be practiced standing with the arms by the sides and feet together or hip width apart which is a little more stable for beginners. If hip width apart, align the feet so they are parallel. Press down with the heels keeping the big toe mounds and little toe mounds even on the floor, and stretch the legs upward. Lift the side ribs and release the back of the shoulders down. Then extend the arms and fingers downward and spread the collarbones to broaden the chest. You are now in Tadasana . Reflect on your pose and make all actions "even"and “steady“. Regular practice of this asana improves spinal elasticity and keeps the mind agile. Namaste

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