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Vrksasana…Tree…

Posted in Yoga Terrain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2016 by Mj Rains

tree pose 2Vrksasana…tree pose…my new favorite yoga pose…

Here’s why…

the spirit of yogaAbove all things, a tree is rooted to the ground; its  trunk, however tall or thin, short or broad, is utterly stable and secure. So it is with Tree pose.  It is the roots, the standing foot, that allow the trunk to stay stable and the branches to grow upward toward the sky.


Without roots, a tree would be carried off by the wind in its branches. And these solid foundations give trees longevity:  The oak and chestnut are capable of living for hundreds of years. A mature oak tree can weigh thirty tons, cover two-thousand square yards, and comprise twenty-miles’ worth of roots and branches.”

~~From The Spirit of Yoga by Kathy Phillips

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tree poseVrksasana, as its name implies, teaches you how to ground yourself.  Try to visualize your feet and toes lengthening along the ground like the roots of a tree…

tree roots

trees aboveTrees receive their nourishment
from both above and below,
from sunlight and from the water
in the earth.
~Judith Harris~

And so should we…

tree pose 4

Advice from a Tree:

Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

~Ilan Shamir

tree on a tree

tree mythologyInspiring Celtic Mythology Link for trees

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…we tell ourselves…

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Mj Rains

Maybe what’s left
for us is some tree on a hillside we can look at
day after day…
and the perverse affection of a habit
that likes us so much it never let go.

~from The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
{one of those books…}

image: Hill

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