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Hello! Welcome to In the Moment with the Tree Pose to Get You Balanced!
June 17, 2012
In the Moment with the Tree Pose to Get You Balanced!
Tree Pose, foot to ankle
Now, shift your weight to one leg. With all your weight on that leg, lift the foot of the other side and place it so that the bottom of your foot rests primarily on your ankle, with the toes balancing on the floor. Feel the sensation of the balance. If you are tottering, adjust until you can find a comfortable place where you can balance. Breathe deeply in and out.
Tree Pose, foot to calf
This concept of single-point-of-focus is very important for you to practice in this multi-tasking world! It is essential for your to find this focus in order to balance your body and metaphorically to balance your life. It will help you enormously in your quest to go inward to discover yourself and where your own personal focus needs to be.
When you feel comfortable at the first level of balance, go ahead and try placing the bottom of your foot on your calf just below your knee. Try to avoid placing your foot directly on your knee, especially if you have any knee issues. Really focus on your drishti point to find your inner balance.
Practice at whatever level you are able to ground through your one leg and breathe deeply and hold this pose for at least a minute without wobbling, before you progress to the next level.
Tree Pose, foot to thigh
inward and find that sweet spot of balance, where there is ease in your body as you breathe deeply without effort! Trust me, it will all depend on how well you clear your mind and focus on one spot!
When you are ready to go deeper, try placing your foot on the top of your thigh, just above your knee, or as far up as your crotch, wherever is comfortable to you. Keep your single-point-of-focus. B-r-e-a-t-h-e. Hold this level for as long as you are able.
If you are stable and comfortable at this level, try raising your arms. Hold as long as you are able, maintaining your focus and your balance.
And finally, try placing your arms over your head with your hands in the prayer position.
To add even further difficulty at any level, see if you can close your eyes! Then you will truly know that you are balanced.
All the while, remembering to b-r-e-a-t-h-e!
Tree Pose, arms up
Tree Pose, hands over head in prayer position #2
Always make sure you spend as much time on the other leg, as on the leg you first chose. Notice which leg you chose to stand on first. Usually, the one you choose to stand on is your stronger leg, and even maybe, your stronger side of the body. What significance does this hold for you?? Are you more right or left side dominant? Remember that the left side of your body is controlled by your right brain, or your "feminine" side. The right side of your body is your "masculine" side and controlled by your left brain. Go to my article on Body Balance again, to review this very interesting left/right brain subject.
While holding the Tree Pose of your choice, you may wish to affirm:
'May you empty your mind and focus on balance when you do the Tree Pose. May you be filled with ease when you take the time to notice your body's position in space to find your inner balance, when you spend this moment with your body!'