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This pose brings your body into alignment and can help with back pain.

Mountain Pose – Tadasanametaphysical


1. Come to stand with the big toes touching.

2. Lift up all your toes and let them fan out, and then drop them down creating a wide solid base. You can separate your heels slightly if your ankles are knocking together uncomfortably.

3. Bring your weight evenly onto all four corners of both feet.

4. Let the feet and the calves root down into the floor.

5. Engage the quadriceps and draw them upward, causing your kneecaps to rise.

6. Rotate both thighs inward, creating a widening of the sit bones, and tuck your tailbone in between the sit bones.

7. Tone the belly, drawing it in slightly.

8. Widen the collar bones and make sure the shoulders are parallel to the pelvis.

9. The neck is long, the crown of the head rises toward the ceiling, and the shoulder blades slide down the back.



An extremely easy but beneficial yoga pose (or asana) is Shavasana, or Corpse Pose.

·       Lie down in supine position on a yoga mat/ carpet.

·       Keep both the legs a little apart about one to one and a half feet from each other.

·       Keep both the hands a little away from the side of the body.

·       Now let the left toe point towards the left and right toe towards the right.

·       Head may be kept straight or may be inclined towards the left or right.

·       Palm should face upwards.

·       Whole body should be in a straight line and relaxed.

·       Close your eyes gently.

·       Imagine that the entire body is relaxed. This way each and every organ of the body will get relaxed. Concentrate your mind on your body parts from toe to your head and feel your body is getting lighter.

·       While in this asana carry out normal rhythmic breathing.