When you look at a tree, you only see the part that is above the ground: the trunk with the branches, the leaves, and maybe some beautiful happy birds singing… Trees seem to be just seated on the ground, but everyone knows the secret of the balance of the tree, it is his network of the invisible roots which anchor firmely the visible part in the earth.
Everyday life can be demanding and stressful. If you are not firmely grounded, related to the earth, you may feel pushed to imbalance. ‘Related to earth’, means you are firmely centered with flexibility: you know who you are, and what you want, you have the feeling you can reach your goals in your life.
*Imagine for a moment, you are a tree, and ask yourself:
– Where are my roots?
– Are my roots nourishing me?
– Are my roots strong?
– Are my roots tangling up with some other roots?
– Do I feel supported?
– Do I feel capable to grow ?
– If no, what is blocking me to grow?
– How would I like to grow?
– What can I do to grow more ?
~~SOME BALANCING POSTURES
Here some easy balancing postures for beginners to try, to test our sense of balance, our sense of alignment,our relation to the Ground…
-‘The Warrior against the Wall’, Virabhadrasana III variation :
This asana improves your balance and your stability, strenghten the legs, arms and shoulders, stretching the thighs, front and back, and the hips. As any other one-legged balancing postures, it improves attention and concentration.
*In Sanskrit, Vira means ‘hero’, bhadra means ‘favorable’ .
—–+ Adjust yourself to get your legs perpendicular, your arms and torso parallel to the floor. Breathing freely with your nose for 6 to 8 counts (you can add a short pause between the inhalation and the exhalation).
-‘Balancing Cat’ :
—–+ Hands are underneath the shoulders, palms flat on the floor, stretch your arms but do not lock your elbows. Knees underneath the hips. Perform the opposite side.
-‘The Tree’, Vrksasana :
This asana improves balance, stability and calmness, strengthens the legs, opens the hips, improves attention, and a feeling to be rooted as a tree :).
*In Sanskrit , Vrksa means ‘tree’.
-‘Karate Kid’ :
This pose improves stability, strengthens legs, arms and shoulders. Like the other one-legged postures, improves attention and produces a calming effect on body and mind.
—–+ Keep looking forward, at the skyline, and if you feel like challenging yourself and have some fun, close your eyes for few seconds 😉
When successful, it brings not only our flesh and bones into balance but also our nerve impulses, emotions and consciousness. Then we can feel calm. Equilibrium is not something you can reach by force, it is something that just happen to you, when you relax, when you listen and when you are ready for it…