SANSKRIT: Tadasana (tah-DAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: The body is in the standing position, with the feet together and rooted into the earth. The toes are actively lifted. The weight of the body is evenly distributed on the four corners of the feet. The pelvis is tucked. The ribcage is lifted. The neck is a natural extension of the spine and the chin is slightly tucked towards the sternum. The shoulders are relaxed as they rotate back and down. The hands can come together at the heart in prayer position. The gaze is forward.

BENEFITS: Improves posture. Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles. Firms abdomen and buttocks. Relieves sciatica. Reduces flat feet.