Mountain Pose

Mountain PoseI find  grounding poses my all-time favorites probably because these are the first poses that one learns in yoga.  I do not find these poses easy.  Simple, yes, but not easy.  It may seem like mountain pose is the easiest pose there is; after all, what is easier than standing up?  This pose, however, involves more work than merely standing, as we are used to standing in our regular life.  More than grounding, I consider this a balancing pose and a lot of work goes into it.  I need to remind myself of this every time I go back to this pose after a difficult sequence.  It is easy to forget and slouch when one gets challenged by other poses.  This is a foundation pose, particularly for all other standing poses.  It is always a good idea to revisit the principles behind this pose.  Namaste.

Step by Step instructions as provided by Esther Ekhart, my favorite online teacher:

  • Stand with feet together, base of big toes touching, heels slightly apart, or feet hip distance.
  • Lift knee caps, without overextending the legs.
  • Lift quadriceps (thigh muscles), lift top of femur (thighbone) up and back. Inner thighs slightly turn in.
  • Soften flesh of buttocks down away from lumbar, so pelvis is in a neutral position.
  • Draw your abdomen slightly in and up, open your chest, top of sternum lifts. Keep ribs soft.
  • Broaden collarbones, widening between the shoulder blades, base of the shoulder blades are lifting up and in.

Benefits :

  • Helps to strengthen the legs
  • You can easily identify imbalances in the body
  • An Imbalance in the body disrupts the flow of energy (prana) , causing muscular and postural compensation in the body
  • Improves posture
  • Prepares the body for all other standing poses

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