You can find the same grounding in vrksasana, tree pose, a balancing posture that helps you develop a strong inward focus. Once you cultivate this sense of grounding, you will carry it off the mat into the rest of your life. No matter what winds blow around you, you can remain stable because you have developed deep roots within yourself.
The stability of your eyes represents the condition of your mind. Moving beyond your thoughts with steady and constant breathing, your eyes will become still and soft. Your body only has to follow the lead. Conversely, if you allow your gaze to bounce from one thing to the next, your mind continues in a state of rajas, overactivity. Sattva, balance and harmony, takes us to a true state of Yoga. That balance is what drishti helps you to achieve in a pose like vrksasana.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
If you are new to vrksasana, start with your drishti focused on an unmoving point slightly up in front of you. As you grow more comfortable in the pose, bring your gaze to the tip of your nose.
A grounded nature in life comes from developing a sattvic asana practice. Attend our Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive this October 24-November 3 to bring Yoga into all parts of your life.