To go on with our yoga postures, today we are discussing the Tadasana or the mountain pose, often linked to the Savasana. This posture also called Samasthiti is one of the mountain yoga asanas like utthita and tiryaka poses.
You can associate it too with Tadasana massage. We will therefore see in turn its various representations, its symbolism and the ways of practicing (or not practicing) this very particular posture.
What is the Tadasana?
First we think it’s good to introduce the Tadasana. Its name means mountain or immobility in Sanskrit. It is an important posture because it makes us work our balance and our way of standing with the ultimate goal of improving our consciousness.
The mountain is a very strong symbol of balance. It has a masculine side due to its peaks and mountains as well as a feminine aspect with its hidden faces, dark caves and mysteries.
The symbolism of the mountain
A long time ago the mountain was the shelter for the sages and yogis who saw in its rocky and inspiring landscapes the perfect place to practice yoga and meditation.
These summits were sources of fantasies and wild tales, but they were also symbols of immortality and divinity. When we think of the mountains, we first think of wisdom, of resourcing ourselves, of returning to our deepest origins as a kind of rebirth.
If we draw a diagram, the mountain can be seen as the blood vessels of our planet because the water of its rivers flows into the rivers and then flows into the sea.
Finally, with a more down-to-earth symbolism, climbing a mountain evokes an image of courage and has a strong symbolism: getting closer to the sky to get out of the ordinary and reach your dreams. It is the power, the summits, the intensity that give us these sensations that we seek to develop, to recover thanks to the Tadasana.
How to succeed in the mountain posture?
The Tadasana posture by putting yourself in the center of the room (as if you were putting yourself in the center of the world) is the most obvious posture. We stand up, we take root, and we create upward energy with our legs.
It is a posture that serves to assume ourselves, to realize our value and which will leave us a mark that we will take away in active life.
However, several variations exist and will be used to perfect yourself in the understanding of the importance of this posture.
The first variant is to force oneself to make the right alignment. By putting your back to a wall, the spine, legs and head will be in perfect alignment. It is very advisable to start like this to directly take good habits. As they say, prevention is better than cure!
Another of these variants is called Supta Tadasana, that is, lying on the ground with arms extended above you. You will then better understand how to place your pelvis than if you started with the raw position. It is important to understand that Asanas are not just a posture.
An Asana is a feeling, an emotion. There is a thousand and one ways to reach it. You need to go out and meet all the possible postures to understand the universe of this Asana.
All the approaches are good, and all the benefits that result will make you free to embark on a journey in your hidden pleasure.
The benefits of Tadasana
This anchoring posture has many benefits. When you think about getting your shoulders out, stretching properly, and setting your pelvis in the right direction, you will see long-term but even very short-term consequences. Indeed, after a few sessions, you will begin to feel progress in many areas.
First in your way of standing, you will start to be more upright from the first times. Then follows a whole mental process: your confidence in you will explode as well as all your relational aspects that usually tend to decline.
It was also the case in the Third Eye and the Sacral Chakra healing. Taking your roots back will help you a lot as you know from our series of articles on chakras (the first one, for example). You form a whole and this « whole » has to be worked everyday.
Feeling good is part of the body language and this body language shows other people the image you want to have of yourself. A proud, dignified and classy image, just like a mountain.
Mistakes to avoid
The first mistake to avoid is first of all not having the right equipment to carry out your sessions. If you’re not feeling your best, how do you improve your self-confidence and posture?
That’s why we offer you a whole range of clothes all more elegant than each other as complete outfits or even accessories that will go wonderfully with your conqueror mentality and your assumed spirituality.
In terms of the posture itself, the advice we can give you is this one : first of all, you must not want to rush into this adventure head on.
Find out, consult and learn about this Asana. You have to be imbued with the state of mind of the pose. You have to do the best you can, and above all, don’t give up if you don’t see any change immediately.
These are changes that will seem minimal at first because yoga is a way of life that cannot be learned in one day. The learning will be long and sometimes discouraging but it will feel so rewarding when you go through the steps one by one.