VRKSASANA - Tree Pose

The focus of this posture is balance. It is easy to think of balance as a challenging thing, requiring strength and control, but balance is really just a state of harmony, when the forces pulling in each direction are equal. When in balance, we can remain standing motionless on one leg for a long time with almost no effort. Seek that type of harmonious existence here, finding stillness.

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Artwork: Tree Pose by Courtney Branch
  1. Begin this posture in Tadasana, standing tall with your feet together and your arms by your side.
  2. Bend your right leg, place your right foot on the inside of your left thigh with your heel close to the groin avoiding direct pressure on your left knee.
  3. Keep the left leg straight and the spine tall.
  4. If your balance is stable, bring your hands together in front of your chest in Anjali Mudra ,prayer position.
  5. If your balance is stable, slowly lift the arms overhead.
  6. Hold this position with intention for at least 10 counts.
  7. Lower your arms.
  8. Set the right foot down and return to Tadasana.
  9. Repeat on the opposite side.

Tips:

Find a spot on the wall or floor and fix your gaze on it. Keep you eyes focused on one point and your body still. This will help you to balance and still your mind.

Relax the breath in this posture.

This posture fosters a sense of calm in the body and mind. It builds strength in the feet, legs, hips and lower spine.

Raising your arms in this posture shifts your center of gravity. Simply put, the higher the arms, the harder it is to balance. Focus on finding balance rather than lifting the arms as high as possible. It is far better to keep the arms down and stand in stillness than to lift them overhead only to wobble and fall.

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