I think the tree pose is one of the most beautiful yoga poses. It is an accessible pose, therefore confidence building, and the first pose I really connected with when I began to fall in love with yoga. The foot, the foundation of the pose, represents the roots grounding into the earth, he torso maintains strength and stability much like a solid trunk, and the arms, the graceful branches.
I often refer to this pose as the smart yogi's pose as it requires a mental focus. In all of our balance poses we challenge our brain contributing to the greater understanding of yoga's mind and body connection.
To practice the pose stand tall enjoying a moment to breathe and become centered. Bend your right knee and shift your weight to the left leg. Drawing your right knee to the right while squaring your hips forward, place your right foot on your calf or inner thigh but never against the knee. There should never be a lateral push against the knee. If possible the foot rests on the inner left thigh beneath the groin. Toes are pointed down. Draw your tailbone down towards the earth.
Root into the ground, access your core strength, and on an inhale take your hands to prayer with your thumb at your sternum or draw them above your head. Moving your branches around will challenge your balance.
Take notice of your shoulders and make sure they are not rising up towards your ears. Invoke the sense of calmness and strength that comes from a tree. Continue to breathe for 5-7 breaths and then switch sides.
|Tree pose prep: raise knee and |
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|Modified tree: bent knee above |