How To Do The Tadasana And What Are Its Benefits?

Reviewed by Anirudh Gupta, Certified Yoga Instructor
Written by Shirin Mehdi

Tadasana, Samasthiti, or Mountain Pose is an asana. Sanskrit: ताडासन; Tada – Mountain, Asana – Posture; Pronounced As – tah-DAHS-anna

This asana is like the base or the foundation of all asanas to follow or from which most of the standing other asanas emerge. The standing poses require the lower limbs to remain invoked and controlled at all times so that injuries or hyperextension (of the knee joints) are avoided while other muscle groups are adequately switched on.

Everything You Need To Know About The Tadasana

  1. What You Should Know Before You Do The Tadasana
  2. How To Do The Tadasana
  3. Precautions And Contraindications
  4. Beginner’s Tip
  5. Advanced Pose Variation
  6. The Benefits Of Mountain Pose
  7. The Science Behind The Tadasana
  8. Preparatory Poses
  9. Follow-Up Poses

What You Should Know Before You Do The Tadasana

This asana can be practiced any time of the day.

It is not mandatory that this asana must be done on an empty stomach. But if you are preceding or following it up with yoga asanas, it is best to have your meals at least four to six hours before you do this asana. Also, make sure that your bowels are clean.

Level: Basic
Style: Hatha Yoga
Duration: 10 – 20 seconds
Repetition: 10 times
Invokes: The whole body
Strengthens: Knees, Thighs, Ankles, Back

How To Do The Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

  1. Stand erect and join the feet together, with the toes touching each other. The heels may be just slightly apart, and your hands must be firmly be placed alongside your body.
  1. You must make your thigh muscles firm. Lift your kneecaps while ensuring you do not harden the lower part of your belly.
  1. Strengthen the inner arches of your inner ankles as you lift them.
  1. Now, imagine a stream of white light (energy) passing through your ankles, up to your inner thighs, groin, spine, neck, all the way up to your head. Gently turn your upper thighs inward. Elongate the tailbone such that it is towards the floor. Lift the pubis such that it is closer to the navel.
  1. Look in line with the horizon.
  1. Breathe in and stretch your shoulders, arms, and chest upwards.
  1. Feel the stretch in your body right from your feet to your head. Hold the pose for a few seconds. Then, exhale and release.

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Precautions And Contraindications

It is best to avoid this asana if you have the following problems:

1. Headaches
2. Insomnia
3. Low blood pressure

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Beginner’s Tip

As a beginner, you might find it difficult to balance in this pose. To improve your balance, place your inner feet about three to five inches apart until you get comfortable in the pose.

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Advanced Pose Variation

You could use your arms to deepen the stretch in the following ways:

  1. Extend your arms upwards so that they are perpendicular to the floor and parallel to each other, making sure your palms are facing each other.
  1. Alternatively, interlace your fingers, and stretch your arms upwards.
  1. You can also cross your arms behind your back such that each palm holds the opposite elbow. If you do this, repeat the pose by interchanging your hands.

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The Benefits Of Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

These are some amazing benefits of the Tadasana:

  1. This asana helps improve body posture.
  1. With regular practice of this asana, your knees, thighs, and ankles become stronger.
  1. Your buttocks and abdomen get toned.
  1. This asana reduces flat feet.
  1. It also makes your spine more agile.
  1. It is an excellent asana for those who want to increase their height in their formative years.
  1. It also helps improve balance.
  1. Your digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems are regulated.

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The Science Behind The Tadasana

They say that if there was ever a blueprint pose, it was the Tadasana. This asana works on your muscles so that your posture is not only better, but also pain-free while you are at your sedentary desk job. It works to align your skeleton and bring it back to a neutral stance. When this happens, your body comes in to the start point for all the other asanas to follow.

However easy this might sound, owing to our excessive smartphone usage and unhealthy sitting postures at work, there is always a tight muscle or an alignment amiss. This asana corrects them all. It is the muscular effort that it takes to get into this asana that helps strengthen the core and straighten rounded, weak backs.

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Preparatory Poses

Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Follow-Up Poses

Standing Poses

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This asana, if taught in the right way, enables you to understand how much effort is required at which point to come to that neutral position before you get into the more complicated asanas. If you get this right, it will be quicker and easier to take on the more challenging poses.

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A jack of many trades and a master of some, Shirin is a writer, a fashion designer, and a chef by her own acclaim. She loves food, and though she might want to call herself a great cook, she just falls short of seasoning. She also loves Yoga, and has extensive knowledge about the postures of the asanas. Always muddled up between traditions and modernism, she thinks she would have been a better fit in the vintage era. She loves life and believes in living it up to the fullest.