Tiryaka Tadasana

Definition - What does Tiryaka Tadasana mean?

Tiryaka tadasana is a basic standing posture that is a variation of tadasana with a side stretch. The name comes from the Sanskrit tiryaka, meaning “oblique” or “swaying”; tada, meaning “mountain”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose. In English, it is known as swaying palm tree pose or standing side bend pose.

Standing with feet comfortably apart, reach the arms to the sky and interlock the hands with the palms facing downward. Bend to one side, stretching the opposite side body, the return to center before bending to the other side.

In English, it is known as swaying palm tree pose or standing side bend pose.

Yogapedia explains Tiryaka Tadasana

Tiryaka tadasana may also be known as parsva urdhva hastasana (upward salute side bend pose), but when a distinction is made between the poses, the former is performed with the feet separated and the latter with the feet together.

The posture is believed to open and balance the anahata (heart) chakra, which is associated with love, compassion, forgiveness, self-acceptance and acceptance of others.

In addition to its physical benefits – which include flexibility and balance – tiryaka tadasana increases concentration, making it a good pose for a meditative practice.

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