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Do This Yoga Pose to Be Grounded Like a Mountain

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

Tadasana (Mountain Pose), a simple but mighty yoga pose, helps you to instantly become more mindful of your posture and connected to your body and the earth.

Julie M. Gentile in Mountain Pose standing on teal yoga mat outside with green trees and grass in the background
Photo © Copyright by Laura Brown Photography.

The root standing pose of all standing yoga poses, Tadasana (Mountain Pose) is a simple yet mighty pose. One major benefit of the pose is that it helps you become more aware of your posture on the mat and in the world (where we spend the majority of our time).

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Mountain Pose was one of the first poses I learned when I began my yoga practice. I find that even after practicing it for more than a decade, the pose still feels fresh because there is always something new to pay attention to in it.

Practice Tadasana (Mountain Pose) to become as grounded as a mountain.

You can practice this pose at any time—in line at the grocery store, filling your car up with gas or having a conversation with someone.

Practice It: Mountain Pose

  • Begin standing with your feet hip-distance apart and root your feet into the earth. (You can also bring your inner big toes to touch and allow a sliver of space between your heels.)

  • Allow the weight of both feet to be equally distributed so that you don't feel like you are swaying to one side or to the front or back.

  • Stack your hips over your ankles and your shoulders over your hips.

  • With the crown of your head facing the sky, take your head back in space so that your inner ears are over your shoulders.

  • Relax your shoulders and allow your palms to face forward.

  • Take several deep breaths, feeling your connection to your body and the earth.

Note that this website and the Stand Up for Your Self-Care YouTube Channel are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Speak with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine or wellness plan.

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