Mountain Pose is one of the most basic Yoga poses. Simple and solid, it’s the start of many Yoga routines. Here we explain how it’s done in 7 detailed steps.
Whilst standing with you feet together, close your eyes. Imagine that you are planted to the ground, like a mountain.
In a gentle motion, rock back and forth from the balls to the heels of your feet, finding a strong, even resting point. Attempt to spread your toes slightly, to give yourself an even stronger base.
Open your eyes, keeping your head level. Softly bend your knees and then straighten them to Loosen your leg joints. Make sure your knees are directly over your ankles.
Curl out your pelvis and try to straighten your spine as much as possible. Try to imagine the alignment between your spine, hips, knees and ankles. This helps to minimise pressure on one area.
Lift your chest away from your stomach, extending your spine. Then relax your throat and lengthen your neck, as if a cord is being pulled directly up, on your head.
Press down evenly into the floor with your feet and slowly raise your arms above your head.Think about pushing down with your feet, whilst stretching your finger-tips above your head.
Keeping your gaze straight ahead breathe deeply. Try to retain your balance (this may take a little practice), and hold the pose for 30 seconds.