Standing on the high of the mat, ft collectively and backbone elongated, Tadasana could seem to the skin observer the best and most simple Yoga posture of all. Standing nonetheless – that’s all it's, proper? Keep studying to seek out out the that means behind Tadasana, or ‘Mountain Pose’ and the way it has a far deeper and extra profound that means to it, and why it could possibly be an important asana you follow right now.
Mountains have all the time been one thing seemed upon in marvel and fascination by people. The unknown and unconquered heights of snow-capped peaks calling to be climbed and found, and for individuals who are courageous sufficient, scaling a mountain could be a monumental, life altering feat, one thing that so powerfully reconnects human and nature.
Viewed as sacred and revered, lots of India, Nepal and Tibet’s mountains are named after gods and deities. Nanda Devi, Kamet, Kangchenjunga, Mt Kailash, and ranges like Satpura and Vindhya, the Guru Shikhar peak, and naturally Everest – identified by the Nepalese as Sagarmatha, and Tibetans as Chomolungma. These mountains are extra than simply goals on a bucket listing for locals residing near mountainous areas. For them, these big earthbound summits are residence to sacred symbols, idols and an important a part of the essence of the East.
Lord of The Mountains
The Himalayas, separating plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau and occupying most of Nepal, derives its title from the Sanskrit phrases hima that means ‘snow’, and ālaya that means ‘dwelling’, ‘house’ or ‘abode’, ensuing within the that means ‘abode of the snow’. Himavat, that means ‘frosty’, ‘icy’ or ‘snowy’, is the personification of the Himalayas, and this male entity later got here to be referred to as Parvateshwara, the sacred ‘Lord of the Mountains’.
The lord of the mountains is understood additionally by the abbreviated title ‘King Parvat’, and is the daddy of Ganga the river goddess, and Parvati, who ultimately grew to become Shiva’s spouse. It is Parvati’s shut connection to the Himalayas (together with her title actually that means ‘Daughter of the Mountains’), which makes her the goddess of not solely fertility, love and devotion, however divine power and energy too, depicted by the pure and awe-inspiring energy of the mountain areas. The goddess Parvati emits the identical fierce but loving energy that different goddesses like Kali and Durgha show, but her title as ‘Daughter of the Mountains’ means she is seen very a lot seen as the unique type of Shakti (divine female vitality) in elements of India, Nepal and Tibet; mom of all gods and goddesses, and feminine guardian of all humanity and creation itself.
Mentioned in historical texts just like the Puranas and the Mahabharata, mountain ranges of Asia are probably the most necessary and highly effective symbols of progress, overcoming obstacles, discovering nice power and attaining religious enlightenment. Perhaps it's the unknown side of mountain areas that makes them so alluring and provoking, and one thing so related to a way of upper energy and even the heavens. Echoing one of many morals of the Bhagavad Gita; to dedicate oneself to the duty at hand with out realizing the result, to be current to the second and fully enveloped within the now while not having to know what may come subsequent – that is the final word instance of 1 side of Yoga referred to as Karma Yoga – freedom and enlightenment by means of motion and concentrate on the duty at hand.
Other than hundreds of years of historical reverence and mysticism surrounding the mountains, mountain posture itself, known as Tadasana in Sanskrit, could possibly be seen because the blueprint of our overarching postural habits and patterns.
Although our trendy society is seemingly extra sedentary than ever, it's uncommon that any of us truly spends time actually simply standing nonetheless. Just being. Constantly engaged within the pursuit of feat, surrounded by noise and the varied types of social media we connect to – there by no means appears to be sufficient time to only stand nonetheless, which is why maybe we'd like this follow greater than ever. The follow of standing nonetheless can reveal our most simple and ingrained habits; the place does the burden fall in your ft? Is your again hunched or are your shoulders relaxed? Are you clenching your fists or jaw, or holding your breath? Does your thoughts wander or ruminate, or is it targeted on the duty at hand? Are you within the second right here and now?
Iyengar is understood to have stated that the attainment of Tadasana makes different postures extra attainable – and certainly, if we may be completely right here and now in a posture requiring a small quantity of bodily exertion, the power to be current and related to the self in a extra demanding asana could be inside attain.
If maybe then, we may be utterly current to the second at hand when standing, ft collectively on the high of a sticky mat, backbone elongated and gaze straight ahead, we are able to start to domesticate the sense of true stillness and quiet energy the mountains of the East so completely show. To concentrate on the very job at hand, we are able to domesticate stillness inside motion; resting for simply an immediate within the ‘now’ while not having to know what may come subsequent. We can follow the power to seek out stability, ease, contentment and non-grasping in a world of fixed motion and ‘more, more, more’, and identical to the Himalayas, we are able to domesticate our personal pure, clear snowy abode, we are able to come residence to ourselves.
Emma is a 500hr certified Yoga trainer, musician, therapeutic massage therapist, cook dinner, and author. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma started her follow at a younger age and has continued to check and develop her understanding of Yoga each day. Training internationally with inspirational lecturers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma at present teaches usually in Sussex, co-leading trainer trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and likewise manages the Brighton Yoga Festival.