Practical Practice: Mountain Pose Meditation

A cure for hitting a rough patch during your day is standing at attention in Mountain pose (Tadasana) for five to ten minutes. Think back to standing in a corner in front of your third grade class, but this time there are no gawking classmates.

Find a quiet, private space at home or your workplace:

  1. Bring your feet together.

  2. Place your hands at your sides like a toy soldier.

  3. Keep your posture upright with the crown of your head pointing toward the ceiling.

  4. Keep your eye gaze forward, or close your eyes.

  5. Focus on your breath, keeping inhalations equal in length to exhalations.

When times up, counter the pose with an easy Deep Forward Bend (Uttanasana):

  1. Bring your feet hip-width apart.

  2. Exhale and bend at your waist slowly until your torso meets your thighs. Tip: Bend your knees as much as you need to make this connection.

  3. Grab opposite elbows.

  4. Rock back and forth, front to back, and shake your head "Yes" and "No."

  5. Inhale as you slowly rise up until your head is last to come up.

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