In case you don’t follow me on social media, Earth Day is Saturday so I am taking the entire week to gear up. On Instagram stories, I’m sharing a sustainability tip every day. On my YouTube channel, I uploaded a video about sustainability in the kitchen, which I will share below at the end of this post. So for today, I wanted to take the time to find inspiration through our yoga practice. What could be a better pose to look at than Tadasana? This pose is also the pose of the month at Springs Yoga, where I teach Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Sundays.
Tadasana, or Mountain Pose is the first asana in Light on Yoga. It is the foundation of every other pose. However, it is often overlooked. In a yoga class, you might only get the instruction to “Stand in Tadasana.” But there is so much more to it. When done with awareness from bottom to top, you feel strong. You feel stable. You feel invincible. As stated in Light on Yoga,
One feels light in body and the mind acquires agility.
So, without further ado, here is how to do Tadasana.
- Stand up. Bring your feet together. Root down through the balls of your feet and stretch your toes out on the floor. Distribute the weight evenly on your feet.
- Lift your kneecaps to engage the quads. Pull your hamstrings up the back of your legs and draw your sit-bones towards each other.
- Draw your hip points towards each other. Knit your bottom ribs together. Lift your chest up.
- Soften your shoulder blades down your back. Lift your chin slightly. Lengthen up through the back of your skull. Stretch your spine up.
- Straighten your arms down by your sides with palms facing each other.
- Tadasana, Mountain Pose. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
I invite you to practice Tadasana in this way and evaluate how you feel. Let me know how it goes in the comments below. If you decide to post your own photo on Instagram or social media, be sure to tag Springs Yoga. You can use #springsyoga, or @springsyoga. And of course, tag me as well, @theawakenedmoon!
Next time you’re in a class, don’t feel rushed. Take your time, remember how it makes you feel, and honor the strength and grounding of Tadasana.
Sustainability in the Kitchen: