Tadasana is a deceptively simple posture. It can appear to be merely “standing” but once we begin to engage our muscles, Tadasana can become a posture that expresses the ideas of stability and freedom, simultaneously. When we stand in Mountain pose with our feet at hips width distance from each other, so that our feet our placed directly under our hips, we begin to establish a solid foundation for the rest of the body. With the feet grounded solidly into the mat and with the muscles of our legs engaged, we rise up from that foundation and allow our bodies to expand towards the sky. Writers often describe mountains as “soaring” or “rising.” When we lengthen our side bodies, letting the breath fill us, we can extend through the top of the head. We become an embodiment of the soaring mountain by these acts of grounding and expanding. We can feel stability through the placement of our feet and legs and a lightness or freedom in our upper body as we expand with each inhale. With eyes closed, it becomes a standing meditation, with eyes open it can invigorate and renew.
Tadasana belongs in the grouping of postures that are essential for the home practice. Its simplicity can be accommodated in most every situation, even a crowded elevator, and it can bring calmness and serenity into any situation.