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Tree Pose or Vrksasana, helps us to draw on the strength of the tree in our yoga training. As the roots of the tree plant it firmly in the ground and centres it, so do our legs and feet helps us to feel more balanced in our lives. Tree pose provides the foundation for balancing the body and its branches (arms and legs). It is at once a strong and a graceful pose. Like all balance poses, Tree Pose helps to demonstrate our current state of mind. If you have a busy mind, you will struggle to maintain your balance. If you have control over your thoughts and feelings, you will be able to master your balance.
Tree Pose teaches us how to take control of our thoughts and regain control over our mind. Through the act of balancing on one leg, we are centring our state of mind and balancing our emotions. In this aspect, Tree Pose is both calming and empowering. Tree Pose also teaches us to draw on our inner strength and ground ourselves, because by imagining that our legs are akin to the trunk of a tree, we draw on the stability and reliability of the tree to keep us standing tall. Tree Pose teaches us to find our inner strength, trust ourselves and ground ourselves to stay in the present moment.
1.Start by standing up straight, with your feet flat on the floor and your arms hanging by your sides. Slowly transfer the weight from your left leg to your right leg. Imagine that your right leg is as strong and steady as a trunk of a tree that is firmly rooted to the ground.
2.Once you’re feeling balanced, gradually bend the knee of your left leg and place the sole of the left foot on your right leg. Position your foot against the upper inner thigh and point your toes towards the ground.
3.Focus on your left knee and draw it out and behind you, in order to open up your hips.
4.Visualize your tailbone lengthening towards the floor and imagine pulling your abdomen back to align against your spine. As you inhale, consciously lengthen the top of your spine and stand up straight as your chest expands.
5.Bring the palms of your hands together in front of your chest. Centre your balance and on your next inhale, raise your palms together slightly above the top of your head. Take a moment to stretch your elbows backwards to deepen the stretch of your chest and continue to pull your knee backwards to keep tension across your hips and pelvis.
6.Direct your gaze straight ahead and take steady, deep breaths. In through your nose and out through your mouth. It’s a great idea to place a mandala or peaceful image in front of you to focus your concentration.
7.To release yourself from the pose, slowly lower your arms back down across your chest and then towards your sides. Slowly extend your right leg back towards the ground and firmly plant your foot back on the floor. Take a moment to re-centre your-self and then repeat the pose on the opposite leg.
That’s Tree Pose! What are your thoughts on this pose? Please feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.