Sunday, November 13, 2011

Guest Post for Silverfaeries & Dragonflies

I write a Sunday post for my aunt's blog every Sunday, but this past week she has been making exciting changes to her site. For now, I'm going to publish my guest post on my blog until she gets things up and running again.


Vriksasana - Tree pose
from the balancing series

I am a tree.
I represent inner growth and self-realization by being deeply connected with Mother Earth.
"I reach deep into the earth to find my source of wisdom and compassion."

vriksasana



Vriksa = tree
Asana = Posture

Start in mountain pose.
Bend the left knee and bring the sole of the left foot to the inner right thigh, heel as close to the groin as possible.
Press the foot and the thigh firmly against each other.
Level the pelvis by dropping the left hip down and pressing the left knee out and down, away from the center of the body.
Bring hands to heart center (or for another variation, "grow your tree" bringing arms overhead).
Maintain the posture as if you were in mountain pose: shoulders down away from ears, abs pulled in and up, and spine lengthened.


Focus on the breath.
The inhale draws the earth's energy up through the standing leg.
The exhale allows you to relax in the pose, however still maintaining length in the spine and stability in the standing leg.

In this pose, you are the tree of life. Imagine the earth's energy supporting and nourishing your roots. It rises up through your being, through the seven energy chakras. Each chakra contains an element of being and sustainability for this tree of life you've created with Mother Nature. The water element provides you with sustenance to grow and lengthen through the solar plexus where sunlight is let in. The energy continues to rise up through the heart chakra, the throat chakra, into the sixth chakra where "the flower of the tree of life blossoms fully...as wisdom and self knowledge."

Benefits:
strengthens and stabilizes legs
eases knee pain
creates peace and balance within

Take some time this week to really connect with yourself. 
Engage in breathing exercises that will help quiet and still the mind, so that you may open yourself up to self-realization and peace.  
Practice yoga and find inner balance and growth.

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