Stand erect with feet together, heels and big toes touching each other. Tighten knees, contract hips and pull up muscles at the back of the thighs. Keep the stomach in, chest forward, spine stretched up and neck straight. You can either stretch the arms over the head or keep them stretched by the side of the thighs. This improves flexibility, respiration and circulation.
Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana is the foundation for all of the standing asanas and improves posture, stability and confidence.
Steps To Perform Tadasana
- Stand erect with your feet together, the heels and big toes touching each other.
- Tighten the knees, contract the hips and pull up the muscles at the back of the thighs.
- Keep the stomach in, chest forward, spine stretched up and the neck straight.
- You can either stretch the arms over the head or keep them stretched by the side of the thighs.
Tips To Remember
- Distribute the weight of the body evenly on the heels and the toes.
- Do not perform this pose if you experience dizziness.
Benefits Of Tadasana
- Strengthens knees, thighs and ankles.
- Steadies breathing.
- Increases flexibility and strength, particularly in the spine.
- Reduces flat feet.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Relieves pains, aches and tension throughout the body.
- Firms buttocks and abdomen.
Those suffering from recent or chronic injury to the shoulders and/or have low blood pressure should avoid performing this asana.