Every month we will be hosting a new goal pose, an asana to work towards everyday. We will share tips, mythology, and other poses to help you get to the end asana. We will also share, uplifting mantras, inspirational quotes, and meditations to motivate you to keep going. Please practice as much or as little as you feel you need, and remember if you don’t get to the end pose, no worries, you are exactly where you need to be in your practice at this time. Please share your experiences and photos!
Commonly referred to as Tree Pose, in some traditions, the pose is called Bhagirathasana, to honor a great yogi king from India who—legend says—stood on one leg for a long time to appease the Hindu god Shiva and to be allowed to bring the sacred river Ganges from heaven to earth. “This posture represents the intense penance of Bhagiratha,” says Kausthub Desikachar, son and student of the yoga master T.K.V. Desikachar and chief executive of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Madiram in Chennai, India. “It’s supposed to motivate us to work toward our goal even if there are many obstacles in the way.” That doesn’t mean you have to stand on one leg for years. “The point is to make a dedicated effort to one’s practice,” he says. “It makes us strong, it enhances our willpower, and we achieve amazing benefits.”
This ancient, reliable pose is often the first balance posture you learn, since it’s relatively simple and strengthens your legs and spine and opens your thighs and hips. When you practice balancing poses, you learn some practical lessons in how to get grounded, find your center, stay focused, and steady your mind. Plus, the process—falling and trying again—helps develop patience and persistence, humility, and good humor.
How do you find balance in Tree Pose?
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(Source: Yoga Journal)