advice from a palm tree: “stand tall & proud, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view”
in sanskrit, tada means palm tree. this is a grounding posture where you plant your feet to find balance, and stand tall and strong. this asana improves mental & physical balance, stretches the spine & nerves, tones your abs, stabilises the mooladhara chakra, stimulates the lymph nodes in the armpits and improves blood circulation.
↠ stand with your feet together or slightly apart – wherever you feel most grounded. make sure that your weight is evenly distributed and nicely spread your toes.
↠ slightly bend the knees, tuck your hips under and then straighten your legs.
↠ roll your shoulders back, opening your chest. have you arms by your side opening your palms forward.
↠ lengthen the back of your neck by reaching your crown to the sky. I like to take a breath in here and try to make my spine longer.
↠ focus on a point ahead of you, inhale, and then slowly raise your heels off the ground so that you are balancing on your toes.
↠ make sure that you are balancing on all your toes and that you’re ankles aren’t rolling outwards. double check that your shoulders are still relaxed and not up by your ears.
↠ continue to lengthen your spine with your crown stretching to the sky.
↠ when you’re ready to come down, exhale, and mindfully release your heels slowly down to the ground.
↠ you can raise your arms towards the sky beside your ears
↠ you can bring the palms together in namaskar at heart centre or above your head
↠ you can place your hands on your hips if you’re feeling unbalanced
↠ if you are suffering with bad knees you can do this posture without raising the heels