There are three aspects to our lives on earth: mind, body and spirit. We go through periods in which one or two of these aspects becomes dominant. More often than not we either think too much or too little, exercise too much or too little, or spend too much time in the spirit world and not enough down on earth (or vice versa). The ideal is to walk the fine line between over-doing and under-doing. This may seem impossible and there may appear to be many factors blocking that path. However, it is doable, especially via the system of yoga.
Through the practice of yoga we create harmony within ourselves which then radiates into the lives of others. When we were little we all heard that one person can make a difference, one person is all it takes. Well that’s exactly right, when we create peace within ourselves it carries over into our relationships, with each other and with our environment. World peace begins with internal peace. Yoga teaches us to acknowledge where we are; there is no place to hide. Each asana (pose) requires us to take stock of what is going on inside our bodies. Only once we know where we are can we move to a kinder, gentler place. Only through balance will we see clearly how to proceed.
- Yoga Practice: Vriksasana (Tree Pose) This pose fosters the development of harmony between mind, body and spirit. When Vriksasana is performed with awareness the feet root down into the earth creating a strong foundation. The straight leg works hard to support the weight of the body as the mind allows the body to balance on one leg. Hands reach up towards the heavens just as branches of a tree reach up to the sun.
- Stand erect with your eyes fixed on a focal point in front of you.
- Bear the weight of your body on your right leg.
- Inhale and raise your left leg, placing the sole of the foot onto the calf muscle or the inner thigh of the right leg.
- Stretch the inner groin of the bent leg by taking the knee out to the side, aligning the knee with the hip.
- Breathe deeply.
- Upon finding balance at this stage, raise your arms above your head palms together or palms together in front of the heart.
- Hold for 10 breaths.
- Release the raised leg and lower the arms.
- Repeat on the other side.