Tadasana (palm tree pose)


  • Stand with the feet together or about 10 cm apart, and the arms by the sides.
  • Steady the body and distribute the weight equally on both feet.
  • Raise the arms over the head. Interlock the fingers and turn the palms upward.
  • Place the hands on top of the head.
  • Fix the eyes at a point on the wall slightly above the level of the head.
  • The eyes should remain fixed on this point throughout the practice.
  • Inhale and stretch the arms, shoulders and chest upward.
  • Raise the heels coming up onto the toes.
  • Stretch the whole body from top to bottom, without losing balance or moving the feet.
  • Hold the breath and the position for a few seconds.
  • At first it may be difficult to maintain balance but with practice it becomes easier.
  • Lower the heels while breathing out and bring the hands to the top of the head. This is one round.
  • Relax for a few seconds before performing the next round.

Duration:

Practise 5 to 10 rounds.

Breathing:

The breath should be synchronised with the raising and lowering of the arms.