How to Perfect Tadasana – Iyengar Style


Tadasana is an extremely common pose and is something that we do in life, whether we are yogis or not. Tadasana is the basic standing position and, as humans, this seems like a very
easy pose. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t take the time to learn it correctly because of how basic the pose seems. Let’s take a deeper look into how to perfect tadasana in the Iyengar yogic style.

How Iyengar Tadasana is Different

Iyengar yoga is an alignment based yoga style. The reason that Iyengar tadasana is different than other styles’ versions is because it is very specific and very structured. While most classes that you go to do not take the time to build a pose from the ground up, often there is a great amount of variation in the poses; if you look around the room. With Iyengar yoga, everyone’s poses should look about the same with the exception of props.

Why Proper Alignment is Important

Proper alignment is important because it helps prevent injury and it helps you build a solid
foundation before moving into harder poses. Holding proper alignment in tadasana is important because it is usually a safe pose to reconnect and readjust yourself. While other poses might be hard and a bit of a struggle, tadasana is a good time to check in with yourself and your body.

Feet to Hips

Poses should be built from the ground up, so, let’s get started with your feet! Place your feet
hipbone distance apart. It is important that you feet are hipbone distance apart; you may want to touch your hipbones to get an accurate idea of where they are and adjust your feet accordingly. Lift your toes gently so that you can feel the four corners of your feet pressing into the ground and the arches of your feet are noticeable. You can release your toes back down while keeping your arches engaged.

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Hips to Shoulders

The key to the core of your body in tadasana is to keep it straight; this applies to your spine as
well. Pull your belly button back towards your spine so that your pelvis slightly tips. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and pulled away from your ears.

Shoulders to Hands and Head

Your arms are down by your side, and your head should be straight and aligned with your spine. The highest point of your head should be the crown of your head. You may want to gently touch the top of your head to get a feel for where that is because many people do not know.

Taking the time to learn how to perform tadasana perfectly can really transform your entire practice. It is such a common pose that it can be a trigger in your practice to be mindful
of your alignment throughout the rest of your practice as well. Be sure to try out this alignment-based version at your next class, you might find yourself switching to it all the time!

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