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10 Words to Know So You’re Not So Confused in Yoga Class

6. Tadasana

Pronounced: tah-dah-sah-na

Translation: Mountain pose

Origin: “Tada” means mountain and “asana” (as you learned above) means pose. So when you’re standing in Tadasana, you’re standing tall like a mountain. This asana is the beginning and ending of each sun salutation: It grounds and centers the yogi on his mat.

What to expect in class?

When the yoga teacher asks for you to stand in Tadasana, Mountain pose or Samasthiti (three words for the same pose), come to the top of your mat with your spine tall, big toes touching and heels slightly apart. Stay rooted in all for corners of the feet and reach the crown of your head toward the ceiling as you lengthen your spine.

This pose tests both your physical and mental strength.
This pose tests both your physical and mental strength. Photo Credit Corey Hartford/LIVESTRONG.COM

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