To begin any standing series or any series
of Asanism Yoga practice. You want to stand in or Tadasanal or Mountain Pose . So, typically
you will stand either with your feet hip width apart or you can think of one foot ten toes,
but normally when you are first starting out hip width apart is usually the most comfortable.
Find a nice way to relax the knees not locked back, but no totally bent, in a nice standing
posture. Let your shoulder blades drop down and back and let your ribs close and let all
your vertebrae stack one on top of the other. Then you can take your hands and open your
palms towards the front of the room, continue to let the shoulder blades hug your back.
Take a nice breath in. Another way also to center throughout your practice is coming
to the standing posture or Mountain Pose and letting your hands come to or your heart center
and closing your eyes and just taking a moment to check in with yourself. If you find your
muscles are tightening up or you are locking your knees, a good way to think of shifting
your energy is figuring out where your energy is in your feet. Is it really far forward?
Are you leaning all the way back on your heels? A good way to check yourself is to lift your
toes up off the mat, so you are grounding down through the ball of your foot and your
toes are lifted, so you lift your toes off the mat and find your weight evenly throughout
your feet. Let your toes drop back down and also thinking of shooting energy back from
your thigh bones. So it will slightly arch your back and then let your tail bone drop.
So, what that will look like from the side is shoot the legs back, think of energy spiraling
your legs around shooting back and then letting your tail bone drop down. So you get a nice
relaxed feel in your legs. Shoulders drop down and back. You can lift your toes up and
check where your weight is in your feet and then bring your hands to your heart center.
Let your chin slightly drop and take a nice deep breathe. And that’s Tadasana or Mountain