"Shadow" Sculpture/performance piece by Artist Rook Floro
The Shadow is practicing Tadasana also known as Mountain pose or Samasthiti. It is the foundation of all standing poses. If practicing correctly, it can improve posture, strengthen ankles and knees, reduce flat feet and firm up the abdomen and behind.
As there are certain things to look out for when practicing Tadasana, remember that we are all made up differently so there is no perfect picture to Tadasana.
In remarks to His own piece, Floro has stated, "it represents my "shadow" which represents my hidden desires to be different and become perfect in my own right. We always feel the pressure to be perfect by everything around us such as the media, social network, advertisement, friends and family." Floro's words can be put into context for all of our yoga poses, especially Tadasana. Tadasana is our foundation. It is the root of what makes us stand tall, firm and ready for the next thing/pose to come. It is our centering. Our place to come back to and check in. It is important to find the proper alignment for you. Your picture "perfect" Tadasana may look different than the person next to you. And your idea of "perfect" may be different than the other. Point being, there is no such thing as perfection. Perfection is where you are at this point and time.
*If you are unable to stand, you can practice Tadasana in a chair as seen in the art above. There are always variations.
Picture source and quote from : mymodernmet.com "sitting here casting my shadow" by Eugene Kim, September 21, 2011.