For February we're going back to basics with Tadasana (Mountain Pose). It is also known as Samastithi: Sama implies equal or same and Stithi implies standing. Hence, this pose implies standing still like a mountain. Tadasana is the foundation for all standing postures, however it is quite useful to practise Tadasana as a pose by itself. You can have your feet hip width part, feet together or big toes turned slightly into each other - it's really wherever you feel the most grounded and stable. While standing in the pose breathe easily and stay in the pose for at least 30-60 seconds. This gives you a chance to really draw your awareness through the whole body from rooting down through the feet, lifting up above the kneecaps, lengthening the sitting bones, releasing the shoulders and feeling tall through the top of the crown. Besides improving your posture, Tadasana strengthens the ankles & legs, firms the buttocks & abdomen, and develops flexibility and strengthens the spine.