About the Pose
tada: mountain, mighty; asana: posture
This is, anatomically speaking, the basic pose from which all other poses spring. That’s because it’s very close to anatomically neutral in all of the joints. The only areas that are not neutral are the forearms and the ankles. To find true neutral in all joints, you’ll have to lie down in Corpse Pose.
But, unlike Corpse Pose, where the form of the floor and the pull of gravity shape the body; when we stand up we take our own unique stance, with all of its history. That which feels neutral may not be. For that reason, Mountain Pose provides invaluable information about one’s habituated patterns of standing and moving. If we identify and change suboptimal imbalances here, we have have the exact information and physical skill needed to address and dissolve similar imbalances in the more complex poses.
Asana Tech Specs
Overall Tapas Ratings
Sthira / Strength: 1 of 5
unyielding, firm, hard, solid, compact, strong, fixed, immovable, motionless, still, calm, not wavering or tottering, steady, durable, constant, steadfast, resolute, persevering
Sukha / Range of Motion: 1 of 5
yielding, ease, good space, a perfectly round axle hole
Svadhyaya / Knowledge: 1 of 5
study of the self