Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Tree pose grows confidence.  ~Terri Guillemets

 

If I ever found myself on the top of a peak on a mountain, you will be sure to find me striking a Tree Pose to celebrate!  Vrksasana is a pose that allows you to find the sweetness between the grounding aspects of a Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and the balancing act of a Garudasana (Eagle Pose).  As you enter the sweetness, extend your arms to the sky and enjoy the feeling of weightlessness and spinal length.

Once you reach the full expression of a Tree Pose, find your Drishti point about 8 to 10 feet in front of you at eye level.  For more of a challenge shift your Drishti point your extended fingers above your head.  For my experienced yogis, bring your Drishti to your third eye.  What happens when we bring our Drishti inward?  Try it and let me know how it changed your practice!

Beginners to this pose are encouraged to practice balancing on one foot (lets say the left foot) while the heel of the other foot (right foot) rests against the balancing ankle.  This will allow you to counter balance with the ball of the right  foot.  As you grow in confidence, move up the right foot to the inside of the calf, then the knee, and eventually you will be able to slide your right foot as high up your inner left thigh as you can.

YogaJournal has a great step by step guide to entering and holding Vrksasana.  http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/496

 

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