Mountains are strong and unwavering. Their permanence in the world can teach us to be steady and powerful. Mountains absorb the sun, rain, snow and brave the natural elements. When practicing Mountain pose, we align and ground ourselves. It is an active pose that helps improve posture, balance, and focus
Mountain pose can be done at a moment when you want to feel steady and grounded. If you are feeling like the wind might blow you over, if you are feeling racy and too fast, stand tall in Mountain. If you are feeling lethargic and can’t do too much and yearn to awake, stand in Mountain.
Ages: All ages
Mantra: I stand firm like a mountain. I feel steady and powerful.
- Stand with your feet at hip width distance apart. Imagine you can grow the soles of your feet and toes down into the Earth, which helps you feel steady as a huge mountain at its base.
- Then, standing up straight and let your arms fall to your sides.
- Turn your palms forward and spread your fingers out.
- Lengthen your spine by lifting the crown of your head a little higher toward the sky right above you. Breathe steadily in and out. Stand firmly in your strength.
- Does a mountain move when the wind blows?
- How can you invoke the spirit and strength of the mountain the next time you have difficulty in your life?
- When forces try to knock you down, will you stand firm like the mountain?
Writing prompt: Write a story about a time you or someone you know was strong like a mountain. This can be a time you or someone you know faced a problem that you solved. To help children to understand the structure of a story, use the Story Mountain template to help plan your story. For younger kids, ask them about each part of the story.
- Start with the beginning - introduce your characters and setting of your story. Who is the main character? Where are you, what is the setting?
- Then, write the build-up - what is happening in the story? How is this story building up to the problem you are going to face?
- The problem/climax - why did you need to be strong and steady like a mountain? What problem were you facing? How did you feel?
- The resolution - how did you overcome the problem you faced? Think of the strength of a mountain and how felt when you solved your problem.
- Last, the ending - what did you learn from overcoming your problem? Did any characters change?
- Helps promote a feeling of calm and strength
- Allows for a moment to pause
- Promotes alignment, balance