Tree Pose or Vrkshasana (Sanskrit), is a balancing posture in Yoga. It requires standing on one leg, placing the sole of the opposite foot to the inner thigh of the supporting leg, bringing the palms to prayer position in front of the heart, then sweeping the arms overhead, as if the arms were tree limbs.
This artist's rendition of "Tree Pose" has the arms extending into tree branches and the bough of the tree. On the figures' bent leg are the Sanskrit letters spelling "Vrkshasana".The zymology and imagery of the tree, as analogous to life, is profound. We think of our roots growing deep into the earth to keep us grounded and stable. The strength in the core of our bodies keeps us straight and strong to weather whatever the winds may blow our way. Our arms reach up to theheavens for spiritual guidance and the crown of our head opens to continued spiritual growth. Tree Pose develops concentration, coordination, balance, poise, strength, and groundedness.
Yoga is a life science that originated in India thousands of years ago. It is a system of personal development which connects the mind, body, and spirit. The word Yoga means "to yoke or join together", bringing the body and mind into harmony. The practice of Yoga involves exercise, breathing, and meditation. Physical exercise uses poses or postures to effect the glandular systems resulting in improved, overall health. Breathing techniques, or "Pranayama", help to unblock the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and other systems to improve health. Pranayama also helps make us more sensitive and aware of ourselves. Meditation quiets the mind and relieves stress.
Whether you are a practicing Yogi or an interested beginner, the symbol of the tree is an inspiration for all who strive for balance, growth, and centeredness in their lives. Namaste.
Design by: Linda Satya Holler