Kicking off Jaya's Pose of the Month

On the fourth Monday of each month, we will introduce the following month's "Pose of the Month."  You won't necessarily find any dedicated focus given to that pose in your classes at Jaya, although some teachers may chose to do so; it is more about the idea of exposing us to various poses and how we might benefit from incorporating them into our own personal practice.  

The article will give you some basic information on the pose, as well as step-by-step instructions (accompanied by photographs of our Jaya teachers as illustration) to guide you.  We expect many will be familiar, while some may be new to you.

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October's Pose of the Month

Vrksasana or Tree Pose

Vrksasana works to improve balance and strengthens thighs, calves, ankles & spine. A great one to practice in the kitchen while making dinner or standing in line at the grocery store ;)

Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).  Shift the weight onto the right foot and bring the left foot to rest on the calf or to high on the thigh. Avoid placing foot directly on knee.  Press sole of foot into thigh and resist with standing leg.  Tailbone points down, hips stay squared forward. Choose a drishti, (a focal point on the floor or wall in front of you) to focus on and help keep your balance.  

If you are struggling with balance use a wall for support.  

Arm variations include hands to heart, stretching arms straight up toward the sky, parallel to each other, or touch the palms together forming an inverted V with the arms. For an extra challenge try closing your eyes.  Practice the pose for thirty seconds to one minute.