At the end of a long day, I can find my mind going a million miles an hour with the vastness of what I feel I should single-handedly achieve. Ideas begin to race through my head. If I’m not tuned in and don’t ground myself when I reach home, I won’t switch off and enjoy my evening. I know myself well.
So having escaped the hecticness of commuting across London I then stand on my apartment floor for five minutes. I imagine my feet rooting firmly into the ground, as the abundant possibility of my branches reach towards the skies in the shape of my arms. I allow myself to receive.
Pretty and artistic, tree pose may challenge some beginners with the stillness and symmetricalness of its shape. Yet, to me it’s stress reducing abilities lie in the simpleness and ease of this beautiful pose.
If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.” Matthew Fox
Trees are beautiful, still and respectful beings. They seem to endure the changing world with an air of statuesque stability and gracefulness. Come rain, snow, sunshine, wind and frost a tree just is.
How to do tree pose.
Here’s a video of me doing it.
Also, here’s my description
- Standing tall with your hands by your side. Slow the breathing down
- bring the body into the expression of tree pose. Ground down through your left foot and draw the opposite sole of your foot into the left thigh. The foot can be lower as long as it is not resting on the knee.
- Think about even effort through the feet and legs.
- Keep the palms together at the chest.
- Hold for ten breaths, then for two more breaths: purposely allow your tree to sway a little like a tree in the wind before carefully lowering the foot and repeating on the other side. You can build the time up gradually to 20 breaths.
- To add another dimension to it as you breathe, mentally recite something positive about yourself or an affirmation. Don’t be shy: praise yourself.
It can be adapted to make it easier or more challenging depending on your body and what you need.
- You can use a wall if you have bad balance
- Don’t raise your hand if you have blood pressure problems
- Any pain come out.
- Any questions do ask
So next time your day is running away from you, stop, still and ground.
Let me know how you get on.
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