How to Help Yourself To A Truly Gratifying Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose with Bound Hands – Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana

Smarten up and get the most out of your Mountain.  Do you believe that standing up with your arms above your head is easy?  Compose yourself and prepare for a totally new experience that cares for the spine, lifts your spirits and boosts confidence.

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Video Transcript:

(You’ll get the most benefit from this transcript by watching the video above)

Mountain Pose with Bound Hands

Today’s tip is mountain pose with bound hands. If you interlock your fingers, Soraya, and then taking your hands over your head, so what happens with this pose is a lot of people think all the work work has to be in the arms and the hands. You can see that the lower ribs are jutting out and the lower back’s come forward and the shoulder has lifted up around the ears.

For some people who have got tight shoulders, if we bring the hands forward, now press the feet to the floor, that’s it, and press out through the hands so the elbows are straight, nice. You can see that the lower ribs have come in and the sacrum’s lengthened a bit more. It actually comes from the work of the feet. If you keep pressing the feet strongly to the floor, and as you take the hands over the crown of the head, just stopping there, you can see that Soraya’s ribs have come forward and the lower back’s shifted back slightly. So if she, yup, works, so her feet strongly to the floor, grows up into the crown of the head, now presses into the hands, and now brings the hands directly over the crown of her head, now, she’s really having to work strongly to contain these ribs and to lengthen through the sacrum which is leaving her back nice and open.

Now, she just lets the shoulder blades draw down the back, but keeps growing into the crown of the head, get those lower ribs in, that’s it. Breathe. And you can see, this is a much better pose now, from where Soraya was at the start of the pose.

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