• Phase 11 Mountain Pose
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  • 15.12.2022
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Mount Kailash

Rich in sym­bo­lism, ta­da­sa­na comes from the Sans­krit words tada (moun­tain) and asana (pos­tu­re, or seat). Moun­tain Pose is the es­sence of sta­bi­li­ty and foun­da­ti­on, and as such, con­tains the buil­ding blocks for every other pos­tu­re in yoga.

The pos­tu­re its­elf pro­mo­tes the still­ness, strength, re­la­xed power, and sta­bi­li­ty we as­so­cia­te with moun­tains.

An au­t­hor ex­p­lains the in­se­pa­ra­ble re­la­ti­on­ship bet­ween moun­tains and ri­vers, both re­pre­sen­ted by the In­di­an god Hi­mavat, who re­pres­ents the Hi­ma­la­yas and is also con­side­red the father of Ganga Devi, the god­dess of the Gan­ges, India’s most sa­cred river.

“When we stand in ta­da­sa­na, the head, being nea­rest to hea­ven, is where we re­cei­ve the bles­sings that flow through the rest of our body like a river,” she says.

The even stance of Moun­tain Pose—the leng­the­ned spine and stea­dy base—sets the tone for prac­ti­ce.

In India, there is a moun­tain cal­led Mount Kailas with two lakes—one shaped like the sun and the other like a cres­cent moon, which re­pres­ents hatha (ha = sun, tha = moon) yoga. Mount Kailas is con­side­red the se­venth chakra—sa­has­ra­ra. The two lakes have been li­ken­ed to the two streams of en­er­gy (ida and pinga­la nadis) that rise up one cen­tral chan­nel (sus­hum­na nadi) mo­ving to­ward the highest level of con­s­ci­ous­ness. Mount Kailas is con­side­red a sa­cred moun­tain.

When we stand in ta­da­sa­na, we are equal­ly groun­ded and ari­sing. Our base is firm, yet we reach up­ward to­ward the hea­vens. Our spine is si­tua­ted as it would be du­ring me­di­ta­ti­on, ideal for the free flow of prana (life force) throug­hout the body. Take the time to con­nect to this en­er­gy in ta­da­sa­na. Doing so can help you to main­tain it throug­hout your prac­ti­ce.

Ima­ging you are part of a dis­cus­sion. The other per­son ta­king part thinks Moun­tain Pose and yoga its­elf is stu­pid and should not be cal­led a sport.
You try to con­vin­ce him/her of the op­po­si­te. Use the in­for­ma­ti­on of the text or your own ex­pe­ri­en­ces. Try to write about 260 - 300 words.
I re­spect your opi­ni­on of dis­li­king yoga and yoga pos­tu­res. Howe­ver there are some re­al­ly good be­ne­fits you get when prac­ti­cing yoga. Take Moun­tain Pose for ex­am­ple.
In this pose you stand very straight and strong. Your spine is leng­the­ned as your feet are firm­ly on the ground. Au­t­hors say, that life force, prana, can flow throug­hout the body in this pose. This can give you a lot of en­er­gy while it re­la­xes you a lot.
I prac­ti­ce yoga often and every time I get on my mat, I feel the power of it. The poses and the flow give me strength and focus. So yoga does have be­ne­fits for both, my mus­cles and my ner­vous sys­tem. I would re­com­mend that you try it once!