May – the tree

Vrksasana or the Tree Posture is  a fantastic balancing posture which is close to any Dru Yogi’s heart! This posture has many levels and many layers of understanding.

Physically this posture is great for balancing the leg muscles, toning the gluteals and core muscles as well as introducing flexibility to the shoulders and back. The real benefits of this posture, however, come from the deeper levels of the emotions and the mind, bringing you into a place of deep stillness – this ‘Still Point’ or ‘Dru Point’ is the essence of Dru Yoga. This posture can be easily modified for those who have hip, knee or balance problems by placing the toes on the floor and placing the heel against the ankle. This posture is a perfect balance of flow, breath and movement. It is graceful and powerful, even in its simplicity. Practice this regularly to gain clarity of mind, perspective and concentration on the matter at hand.

Stage 1: Stand in Tadasana, the Mountain Pose. Feet hip width, parallel and facing forward. Feel strength lifting through the legs, gently contracting the abdominal muscles as you lift up through the spine, lift through the sternum and then through the crown of the head. Then taking the weight onto the left leg, strengthen the left gluteal. When ready turn the right knee out to the side.

Stage 2: Breathe in and simultaneously lift the right leg and raise the arms sideways  and reach upwards above the head. Place the foot onto the floor, knee or thigh (wherever you can reach comfortably), and join the palms together above the head (if you have high blood pressure allow the arms to lower, so the palms are level with the forehead).

Stage 3: Breathe out as you stay balanced on the left leg and draw the hands down to the level of the heart.

Stage 4: Breathe in, as in a small movement, you rotate the fingertips of the palms to turn away from you to point forward at the level of the chest.

Stage 5: Breathing out push the palms forward so the arms straighten out level with the heart (still standing on one leg).

Stage 6: Soften the shoulders, arms and wrists as the hands separate and open the arms out to the side taking a deep breath in.

Stage 7: Next out breath allow the arms to slowly come down the sides as you release the leg and place the foot on the floor.

Return to Tadasana, a place of focus and balance with the body’s weight equally on both feet. Repeat on the other side. Allow there to be a gentle flow as you transfer one side to the other.

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