Focus On A Stronger Healthier Heart
Tree Pose is excellent for heart functioning, and also increases your love of nature and the outdoors. Perfect for any time of year when the sun is shining and the skies are clear.
Make time in your day or at least your week to bring your Yoga practice outside. It’s an amazing experience. Deep breaths become more meaningful, and the glory of Mother Nature enhances the health benefits.
Your natural sense of balance, your posture and your gait will benefit from Tree Pose. The advice is to maintain it only as long as you can without wobbling, and increase that hold time by a few seconds per week. Slow as you go – and you’ll stay with for a lifetime. I’m 60. So I know from where I speak.
Tree Pose Instructions
From Mountain Pose raise your right leg off the mat, bend the knee and place the foot on the inside of the thigh, or as near to it as you can get without straining.
Open the hip by rotating the leg out until the knee and leg are bent sideways.
The hands should be placed above the head with the fingers interlocked or with the palms together in prayer position. The arms shoulb be slightly bent.
The tailbone has a tendency to turn out when in Tree Pose. Be aware of this and tuck it forward, pulling the navel back and up. This will create a neutral spine and make you feel very strong and supported.
Hold this pose for 30 seconds to a full minute or longer. Then return to Mountain, and begin Tree again with your left leg.
Engaging the toes will tone muscles in the lower legs and help the body gain steady balance.
Suck in your tummy on an exhale tokeep your abs engaged throughout this asana. This supports your spine and helps you maintain better posture.
The tree is strong and reaches up toward the Sun as it grows. She expands her brances out, providing shade and comfort to all who come near her.
The heart of the tree beats softly, unheard by the human ear, yet, Mother Nature has given the tree such a strong heart that lives on decades and even centuries.
Imagine your heart as strong as the heart of the tree. And the love you feel in that heart makes it all the more healthy. Focus on all the people in your life who you love, and who love you in return.
In your mind’s eye, see your family as a tree, with its limbs spreading out all around you, protecting you, and making you happy.
Tree Pose has long been practiced for heart health. The improvement in stance and spinal alignment brings about deeper and more healthful respiration, and this increases the ability of the heart to do its job.
The comprehensive firing of the nerves needed to maintain balance during Tree Pose, exercises the mind as well as the body. Small muscles in the ankles become toned and strong.
Posture is improved, and your gait becomes more balanced and graceful.
Increasing your time maintaining Tree Pose will cause activities such as dancing, aerobics, running, jogging Tai Chi and martial arts, to become less streneous; and your athletic ability will improve.