Let's face it, for most, yoga starts with the physical, but at the heart of yoga is the connectivity to our Oneness and the desire to grow in that awareness. If you are at that point, then you've mastered what escapes many. It truly is a daily practice. Having a solid foundation in our practice builds strength, balance and flexibility. It also builds a sense of self discovery and self awareness.
Let's take Mountain Pose for example. Tadasana - Tada = Mountain, asana = posture. In tadasana the body extends upward with the feet as firm as a rock; the mind is steady and attentive. Tadasana teaches balance, centering and evenness. We plant firmly rooting ourselves trusting in the earth to support us while we rise and expand upward, physically
and mentally. We engage our bandhas and maintain an active breath. It is extremely powerful, but in most classes it seems to be part of a transition. What if we begin to treat it like the foundation that it is? Creating stability and balance physically while enhancing our awareness and connectivity to our practice. Each time coming back to the pose and holding it longer.
A few months back a small group and I worked on proper alignment in the fundamental yoga poses. Tadasana was the first pose we worked on. We held the pose in alignment for several minutes using our breath to go deeper in the pose. It was quite powerful. I could also see the transformation of each person in their daily practice from that point on.
Tadasana is a yoga pose! If you feel like you are just standing there, then you are not fully engaged in your pose. Take time to connect with the pose and feel the strength that it creates in your body and breath. Don't sell your practice short by just using it as a transition.
Here are some of the great benefits of Tadasana pose!
- Helps your improve posture and balance.
- Tones, strengthens and stretches knees, back, arms, thighs.
- It works core stomach muscles.
- Helps to enhance yogic breath.
- Adds more mobility, agility and flexibility to the entire body.
- Helps improve blood circulation and moves the blood properly throughout the blood stream.
- With the proper flow of blood to all parts of the body, this asana improves digestion. It is good for the urinary system and also great for brain stimulation.
**Source** Yoga the Iyengar Way