Strike a Pose

Whenever I show pictures to my friends back home in the San Jaun Mountains of southern Colorado, I most frequently hear something along the lines of, “Oh my gosh! Look how green it is!” Of course, when Sam and I left Colorado in 2001, we were in the midst of a serious drought. To see so many lush, green trees was like staring at an oasis in the desert to our friends.

I don’t ever want to take for granted the beauty of the trees out here. Three summers ago on a hot June night, something called a ‘gust-nado’ tore through our property and literally twisted many of our great trees right out of the ground. And of course, there was the freeze a year ago January that also gave the magnificent trees in this area a hard hit.

My husband supports the Arbor Day Foundation and every spring we plant and nurture a half dozen little sticks that appear in our mailbox hoping that one day soon they’ll grow into trees…

If the sincerest form of flattery is imitation, let’s get busy and plant our own tree! Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to Vrksasana, or Tree Pose. This is one of those quintessential yoga poses that you recognize right away.

Begin by standing up nice a tall on two feet. (You may recall from previous articles how to correctly stand on your feet.). Begin to slightly shift your weight onto your right foot, being certain to stand evenly on all four corners of the foot. Your right leg should be strong and steady, without locking the knee. Scoop your tailbone down and draw the pit of your abdomen up towards your rib cage and in towards your spine. This will provide strength through your core region and stabilize your balance. Keeping the ball of the left foot on the floor, bend your left knee and open it out to the left. Slowly begin to draw the sole of the left foot up the inside of the right calf. From here, you will either keep your left foot.

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