Mountain Pose (Tadasana) – Start pose for all standing poses
- Stand tall and relaxed on your mat with feet hip width distant apart. Lift your toes and wiggle, place your weight on the balls and heels so you feel grounded and balanced. This is your foundation.
- Bend your knees slightly and stabilize your lower half. Imagine you are rooting into the earth. Allow the upper half of your body, from the torso to the head, to feel light and relaxed. Imagine you are rising up to the heavens.
- Relax your shoulders. Let your arms hang by the side of your body. Pull in your chin. Align your shoulders over your hips and hips over your ankles.
- Release the tension in your face (eyes, jaw and throat). Breathe in and out with consciousness. When you align the head, neck and spine in one straight line, you improve your balance, posture and stability. Your body becomes a supportive foundation for all other balance and standing postures.