Tree pose meaning
Practicing balancing postures can help you gain both physical and mental stillness. Specifically, the tree pose improves your focus and concentration, while tidying and calming your mind. Its Sanskrit word is Vrksasana (we will pronounce it like this: vrik-sha-sa-sa-na) and is made up of two parts: “Vrksa”, which means tree “Asana”, which means posture.
Just like a tree that needs its trunk and roots to stand upright and rise towards the sun, the same happens with our body: our feet are the roots and our legs are the trunk, they are our firm base with the world, they connect us with the earth and give us the strength to carry out our activities. In this posture, by having to support ourselves on one leg, we are working on concentration and emptying our mind of thoughts.
On an inner level, it improves our sense of balance and coordination. Practicing this posture daily will help you focus not only in the moment of performing it but also in other areas of your life. If you think you find yourself in an uncertain moment or with many ideas in your head, the tree pose helps you to concentrate and thus calm the mind and bring it back to the present. The result of this pose is to regain your axis when you feel out of balance. This pose has a positive impact on the grace with which you approach your life circumstances. It teaches you the discipline to bring calm and focus to your body and your inner self whenever you need it.
Thus the posture of the tree is born. When you enter into this posture in your practice, meditate on the sensation of firmness and rootedness. Imagine that you are a tree, your feet are the roots that always remain firm, your body is the trunk, determined and constant, your hands towards the sky are the branches that even if hit by the sun, rain and wind remain fixed in their ideal with faith and determination.
After warming up the whole body, especially the feet, you stand at the beginning of the mat in tadasana posture, making sure that all the toes are firmly supported and that the whole body is straight.
This is how the tree pose is born. When you enter it in your practice, meditate on the feeling of firmness and rootedness. Imagine that you are a tree, your feet are the roots that always remain firm, your body is the trunk, determined and constant, your hands towards the sky are the branches that although the sun, the rain and the wind hit them remain fixed in their ideal with faith and determination.
Yoga arm balance postures
The tree pose or Vrksasana is one of the most used Yoga balancing asanas in the sessions. In it, the foot resting on the ground symbolizes the roots of the tree that bind it to the earth, and the arms symbolize the branches that grow upwards.
As we did in its day with the downward facing dog pose, we give you the keys and the best tricks to get you to do correctly the tree asana. These are the guidelines to perform the tree pose correctly.
The leg that is not in contact with the ground is placed resting on the inner thigh or calf: this depends on our range of hip mobility. A good hip opening ensures that we can raise the foot that is in the air higher, which will help us to be more stable.
To maintain good balance it is necessary that the musculature of our central area is active and that we perform an axial elongation: the feeling should not be that of stretching the back but that, respecting the natural curvature of the spine, we notice how our head tries to reach higher while our foot resting on the ground pushes down.
Warrior 3 yoga
The tree pose is one of the most well-known balancing postures in the world of yoga. This asana, belonging to the balancing postures, is of basic level, perfect for beginners, although you can continue deepening with its variants if you are already an advanced yogi.
The posture, as its name suggests, represents a tree. The leg that remains stretched refers to the trunk, the foot resting on the ground symbolizes the roots that anchor it to the earth, while the arms represent the branches growing towards the sky.
If we cannot maintain the balance by placing the foot on the thigh of the opposite leg, we can choose alternatives or variants: we can place the foot at the height of the opposite ankle or on the calf. And I repeat, never on the knee!
If you are a beginner and want to work and improve your balance I recommend you to start practicing this one, and then move on to the rest of the balance postures; and remember, one of the tricks is to always look at a fixed point in front of you.