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Fitness Day 12 ~ Balance and connection

Tree Pose - Vrksasana

"Standing straight on the left leg, bend the right leg and place the right foot on the root of the left thigh. Stand thus like a tree on the ground. This is called vriksha-asana."
Gheranda-samhita II.36


Within the balance of Tree Pose, we can begin to regain balance within ourselves. Stand, connect and allow for your inner being to grow tall and strong, just as the mighty trees upon our Gaia Mother Earth stand, filled with love for us all.

The challenge of the vriksha-asana is maintaining balance on one leg. Poor balance is often the result of a restless mind or distracted attention. Regular practice of this posture will help focus the mind and cultivate concentration.
I invite you to take this pose to many places over the next few days; outside, grocery store, line at the movies! Sharing with us where you found your balance and how you have begun to clam and clear your mind, illuminating your soul.
Namaste ~ Amanda

1. Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides.

2. Bend the right leg at the knee, raise the right thigh and bring the sole of the right foot as high up the inside of the left thigh as possible.

3. Balancing on the left foot, raise both arms over the head keeping the elbows unbent and joining the palms together. Hold the posture while breathing gently through the nostrils for about 10 complete breaths.

4. Lower the arms and right leg and return to standing position with feet together and arms at the sides. Pause for a few moments and repeat on the opposite leg.

“ Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony"
T. Merton

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