How to build your practice

My cousin asked me recently ” if I had time for just one pose having never done yoga before what would be be?”

My answer was immediate- Tadasana otherwise known as mountain pose.

In the mountains 

“You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;

I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.

As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men.”

Li Bai

 

It might appear to be just standing up but get the alignment right and Tadasana will revitalise your practice. Why? It’s the foundation of all yoga poses but its very hard to see yourself in the pose unless in front of a mirror so good instruction from a teacher is essential.

 

Try this:
  
1. Standing in Tadasana raise both arms above your head
  
2.Firm your shoulder blades against your back torso and pull them toward your tailbone.
 
3. Rotate your upper arms outward, to keep the shoulder blades broad,
 
4. Firm your outer arms inward
  
5. Last but not least spread your palms and imagine you are pressing the bases of the index fingers firmly against the ceiling
 
 
Congratulations- you are now in Handstand! Now we just have to build in strength work and core stability and we’re one hop away from inverting- cant wait to meet you all next week and have some fun
 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. yoga poses says:

    Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to know so much about this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something. I feel that you simply could do with a few p.c. to force the message house a little bit, however other than that, that is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  2. anne says:

    A strong & steady Tadasana is a beautiful thing! Immediately connects me to my mat & I automatically feel my breath calm….I do however usually make my way to Legs up the Wall when I only have time for one pose!

  3. 1. Let’s talk about how fantastic your picture is at the top of your blog!
    2. I love how you just connected headstand with mountain pose. We know this but never think about it so simply. Wow, awesome! :) I have a new respect for the pose now.

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