Tadasana (Mountain) or Samasthiti (Equal Standing)

Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practicing and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practitioner.

What is this Asana?

Tadasana (Mountain) or Samasthiti (Equal Standing)

What is the Sanskrit Meaning?

Tada means Mountain. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’.

Where is it found?

Samasthiti is the basic standing posture found often at the beginning of a series of yoga poses, including the Ashtanga Primary Series.

What are the benefits?

This pose can help invigorate the spine and restore its natural posture. The ideal alignment for this pose is when all the major joints are aligned which makes standing effortless, creating lightness and balance. Samasthiti improves posture and balance, strengthens the thighs, knees and buttocks, and can assist with relieving sciatica and improving breath control.

When to take caution?

This gesture is relatively safe to perform for any level of student. Care should be taken around contraindications such as headache, insomnia or low blood pressure.