Standing on the entrance of the mat in Tadasana, which interprets from Sanskrit as mountain pose, is the inspiration of the asana yoga follow. Tadasana can be referred to as Samasthiti, which interprets as equal standing. For me, all yoga poses are a mirrored image of and a seek for tadasana and Samasthiti
What’s equal standing? Standing appropriately, which could be our most troublesome bodily act, balances the entire energetic forces of the physique; entrance, again, side-to-side, and high and backside. There may be skeletal alignment and muscular alignment; disharmony in a single creates disharmony within the different. Most individuals stand and transfer in a means that forces the muscle mass to do solution to a lot work and the bones to be pulled out of alignment. Discovering alignment helps us to search out samashtiti in yoga and our lives.
Right here is a straightforward instance of what muscular and skeletal stability is within the physique. Maintain up your hand and take a aspect view of your palm. Let your hand go limp. You’ll be able to see and really feel the standard of each the muscle mass and the bones. All the pieces is relaxed and tender. Now open your hand as a lot as you may. Really feel the distinction. Right here you’re in all probability hyper-extending the bones of the fingers. Hyperextension, motion that goes past the conventional wholesome boundaries of the joint, is a basic misalignment of the knee that happens in each standing and strolling. The muscle mass of the fingers are additionally in all probability imbalanced with the entrance of the palm and fingers working extra time. Now discover the center floor. Straighten your fingers evenly and really feel what occurs. There ought to be a fair stability between the muscle mass of the entrance of the palm and fingers and the again of the palm and fingers. Trying sideways on the bones, every part ought to look stacked atop each other evenly. It is a microcosm of our physique’s posture. We need to discover this sense of equal standing in all places we go.
Rise up and really feel how your physique aligns in house. Do it’s important to work to carry your self up? In case your bones are aligned your muscle mass could have little or no work to do. The bones ought to stack one on high of the opposite permitting power and weight to switch by way of them. The place are your thighs, underneath the pelvis or ahead of it? How in regards to the shins, do they create a proper angle with the ground or do they appear opened to 100°? What in regards to the head? Are all of the bones beneath lined as much as help the somewhat giant and heavy head?
It may be useful to really feel what you do typically earlier than you start to make things better. Spend a while doing all of your asana follow and even examine in with the physique as you stroll round. Begin to attempt to really feel your imbalances and patterns. Subsequent month we are going to take a look at particular methods for feeling and discovering Samasthiti or equal standing.