Pose of the Week: Tree

Tree

Tree Pose

VRIKSHASANA

“I felt my body changing and becoming one with the tree. I could feel my roots deepen into the earth, and my branches reaching towards the sun. Being a tree felt every bit as natural as being a human. I was the same but my form had changed. The whole physical universe became fluid, and time and space lost all meaning for me.”

~Darren Main, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

Benefits of the Pose:

  • Increases Balance
  • Stretches and strengthens the legs
  • Opens the Hips
  • Helps to relieve Sciatica
  • Rejuvenates the mind
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Heart opening

Asana Breakdown:

Start off in Samasthiti, equal standing, also referred to as Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Shift your weight into the left foot, rooting down through your mat. Bend the right knee and allow the right foot to find its placement above or below the knee. Beginners may take a variation where the right ankle comes off the ground and finds its seat on the left leg while keeping the right ball of the foot on the mat. I like to start with my hands in heart center to allow my body to find balance easily as I look upon my chosen drishti (gazing point). From here you may lift your arms overhead, as if they were branches. Heart lifts and spreads as the gaze comes towards the thumbs.

Troubles often Encountered:

You may begin to sway here, like trees often do in the wind. Take deep breathes and try to center yourself, focusing on your third chakra, manipura, located in the middle of your solar plexus. If you fall, that’s okay, too. Trees fall all the time, but then they seed and become trees once again. Do they same and find your expression of tree pose.

Variations:

The dynamic tree has many variations. Option one: Keep hands at heart center. Option two: Hands towards the sky with gaze towards the thumbs or eyes straight ahead. Option three: Close the eyes. Option four: Take a twist to your left side with arms spanning out from the shoulders. Option five: Take a twist to your right side.

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Contraindications of the pose:

“Avoid doing this posture if you are suffering from migraine, insomnia, low or high blood pressure (those with high blood pressure may do this pose but without raising their hands overhead, as this may further raise their blood pressure)”(Tree).

“I knew in that moment that the tree was Spirit masquerading as a tree, and I was Spirit disguised as a human . I knew for the first time that there was only One that took shape in many.” 

~Darren Main, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

Sources:

“Tree Pose (Vrikshasana).” Tree Pose. Art of Living, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2015.

Main, Darren John. Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic. Forres, Scotland: Findhorn, 2002. Print.

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One thought on “Pose of the Week: Tree

  1. healthylotus says:

    Great post, I founds that when I allowed myself to sway rather than avoiding the movement I was able to hold my balance much easier x

    Like

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