We are in the middle of a snow storm here in the Bluegrass. It's super cold. Uggs, fuzzy sweater and sweatpants are my continual attire and I'm watching it snow, admiring the trees out my office window as my old man cat, stares me in the face. Like "Hey, your not working are you?" in his obnoxious, snooty cat way. Where are my cat people?
Sorry, I digressed, now back to the view; glistening trees, standing strong, their branches bending low to the ground, some have snapped under the weight. And I'm reminded how much I LOVE Tree Pose! (Vriksasana, for the yogis in the house!) It's always been one of my favorites.
It is true, a balance pose can evoke strong emotions. Most people love them or hate them with little room in between. Hmm. Why is that? Sometimes Tree might be a challenge but sometimes it's an invitation to throw caution to the wind and play. The entire essence of Tree is about finding balance with the freedom to move and sway, right? It gives us the opportunity to notice how we react when we feel unstable, teaches us lessons in how to maintain focus and offers curiosity about patience, persistence and humility. OH, my!
I love playing in Tree and trying new things. Here are four of my favorite variations.
Registered Yoga Teacher, Menopause Doula, health and wellness explorer, self care expert focused on empowering women over forty with tools for loving the midlife journey