This October, our Founder is focusing on breaking her bad habits and with that, comes the practice of being present and grounded. For our pose of the month, we picked Tree Pose (Vrksasana) because it is grounding and also relevant since we are all about the beautiful changing leaves and trees this October.
PLANK TIP: Ground down through all four corners of your standing foot to stabilize your tree pose from the root up. Like the corners of a tent, as you press all four corners of your feet in your mat, feel your joints stack on top of each other and the muscles of all four corners of your legs engage to create solid pillars of strength.
Create a Dynamic Diagonal as the big toe presses deeply into the mat and follow the line of connection to the outer hip, to pin it into its socket. This powerful additional grounding creates a more solid foundation which evens out the hip bone and embeds it deeper into its socket. These actions work to reinforce the body's architecture to be stronger, as it compacts into the midline.
Press your floating foot into your inner thigh, and your thigh back into your foot to create more stability and engagement through your core and upper body, too.
With a Plank Yoga Mat, grounding of all four corners of hands and feet is a starting point and a must. It is not a suggestion, which is the tendancy when using an always-grippy yoga mat. The more you learn to connect to your mat, the more you will develop your firm foundations and mind body connection.
How do you stabilize in Tree Pose? We'd love to hear your own tips below!