Come into Spring Fullness on the Chair

Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna.

The word equinox derives from the Latin words meaning "equal night." Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere, and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere with the vernal equinox at 3:45 PM. (PDT) on March 20, 2015.

Spring brings with it equal day and night. Balance.

After the long winter of hibernation and inner contemplation, we begin to peek out of our homes while the plants emerge from within the earth to indulge in the warmth of the springtime sun.

Let's celebrate this time of the year by coming into our fullness on the chair with Vrikasana the Tree Pose.

Start with the Sitting Mountain Pose

Sitting Mountain Pose
Sitting Mountain Pose

First of all we come towards the front edge of our chair and sit in Tadasana the Mountain Pose.

Sit bones in the buttock rooted down upon the chair, right angles at our hips, knees and ankles with legs hip distance apart and the feet parallel.

Torso is tall and lengthened like the trunk of a tree with the crown of the head reaching up towards the sun, and the chin dipped down just a bit. The breath is smooth and rhythmic. Like the warm spring wind blowing through our branches.

Come into the Tree Pose

The 3 Levels of the Tree Pose

Tree pose 1
Tree pose 1
Tree pose 2
Tree pose 2
Tree pose 3
Tree pose 3

To come into the Asana let's start with level 1 and perhaps work our way up to level 3. There may even be levels in-between 2 and 3 or before 1 or after 3.

It all depends on where we are in our lives and our bodies.

Positioning the Lower Body

Let's keep the right leg and foot in Tadasana and just rest the soul of the left foot against the inside of the right foot (Level 1)

Or perhaps you can cross the left foot over the right while still keeping the right leg in Tadasana (Level 2) or if you are feeling a bit more flexible you can cross the left ankle over the right knee and draw it up above the knee cap.

Positioning the Upper Body

Now for the upper you may want to bring your palms together on your lap (Level 1) or raise them up to heart level (Level 2) or above the head palms pressing together with bent elbows (Level 3.)

Get Creative

The lower body represents the roots and trunk of the tree. The hands and arms become the branches of the tree. Perhaps your branches contain cherry blossoms or the buds of a magnolia. Maybe the new leaves of an oak or elm. Or your tree might have pine needles or fronds.

You can create whatever tree you want. A few of my favorites are a weeping willow or apple tree. Around the winter holidays, I create a Menorah or Christmas tree!!

One of the many delights in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga is that you're invited and encouraged to bring out your Joy, creativity, and individuality.

Namaste! I honor the Light that shines within you that also shines within me!

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