There is a pose in yoga called Tadasana, otherwise known as Mountain Pose.
In Tadasana, we move to the top of our mats and just stand there straight and tall. Nothing fancy. No twists. No binds. No balancing. We even get to close our eyes.
Sounds simple enough to just stand there but, actually, a lot is going on.
I always feel as if I am building this pose, bit by bit. The instructor usually runs down a checklist of the body. First, we stand as tall as possible with our feet rooting into the ground and our necks stretched long. Then, we are told to press our shoulders down and reach our arms along our sides. We are reminded to face our palms forward and reach through the fingertips.
We draw in our bellies, close our eyes and breathe.Read More