- Physical Benefits: Strengthens knees, thighs, and ankles. Firms abs and tush. Improves posture.
- Healing Benefits: Brings the focus internal.
- Emotional Aspects: Centering and grounding. This can cultivate self-reliance.
- Modifications: Stand with your feet apart to decrease intensity.
Stand with your feet together and parallel, heels slightly apart. Spread your toes. Cover as much territory with your feet as possible so that you feel grounded at your base.
Engage your thigh muscles. Drop your tailbone down slightly, aiming toward your heels as your hip points lift toward your naval. Roll your shoulders back and down. Feel a line of energy extending out through the crown of your head, and ground through your feet.
Flip your palms open as you drape your arms down by your side and feel a broadening of your chest and opening of your shoulders.
Remain in mountain pose and breathe for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Feel a sense of stability and a grounding to the earth. Mountain pose is the foundation of all yoga poses.
Bring your palms together at your heart and say one thing you are grateful for about your body.