Have you ever seen a tree uncertain?
Worried about dropping their leaves?
Have you ever sat under a huge tree
It’s bark at your back
Imagined the depth of its roots
Burrowing down in the earth
Keeping it stable
They sway in the wind
Lose a branch here and there
But the mighty ones
Our huge Australian Gums
You can count on them
They have your back
They drop bark
Anything they don’t need
Surviving prolonged drought and times of flood
In bush fires
They let the flames devour them
Then send their spores out
Like Phoenix they rise from the ashes
Stick with me here
Have you seen the Hanging man Tarot Card?
It signals a time of limbo
In the pose of a tree
Or the yoga pose known as Vrikshasan in Sanskrit
When I am most anxious
It is sometimes because I am in limbo
Waiting for an outcome
And this is when Vrikshasan
In all it’s variations
Standing on one leg
Centres the mind
As you fight for balance
Like the tree
We are the seeds of our ancestors
The flowers of our parents
The leaves and bark of our current situation
Let them all drop
Our anchoring foot runs deep in the earth sending roots to keep us stable
Fix your eyes on a point of focus
Be still in your body sending thought to the sensations of the foot
And into the fingers
See what remains
Sink your roots deep
Become a tree
It is one of the best poses
And a tip if you’re losing balance stretch your arms higher – reach higher
Not out – you can do that initially to gain confidence
*all balancing poses will correct or at least alleviate unbalanced emotions or thinking.
*I am not a fully trained yoga teacher as yet. These thoughts come from my perspective as a long time practitioner finding the tools that have helped me deal with certain physical or emotional states.
I hope you don’t need this pose but if you do, follow it with child’s pose, rest your forehead to the mat and breathe and come home to yourself. Childs pose lends itself to feeling safe while journeying inward.
If you are particularly wound up – try a set of vigorous poses such as Sun Salutations to get rid of a bit of adrenaline.
Do these first.
Some helpful oils for the anxious mind are:
Frankincense – for breath and nervous system
Ylang Ylang – for blood pressure
Marjoram – for the heart
Patchouli – for the brain and restless thoughts
Cardamom – for clarity and objectivity
Bergamot – for mood lift
Cypress – for flux – movement and flow
You don’t need all these oils! Just a couple – try frankincense and cardamom together for example to get the best synergistic results.
Finally – you can’t beat anxiety (or any other emotion for that matter) by using your head – your thinking
Thinking about it makes it worse and you will end up focusing on what you don’t want and creating more of it…
Instead come home to your body through exercise, stretching or just meditating – our emotions fall into our body and it is there that we must work with them.
Trees deal with weather patterns too ..
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8 thoughts on “Beating Anxiety with the wisdom of tree pose”
Tree pose is one of my favorites. I really like what you wrote here, I have been prefer 20 yrs. I do a headstand every day for a few reasons. #1 because I can and it makes me feel powerful.#2 it’s a great way to see the world, even for 1 minute and #3 it works my core and centers my mind. Great post my friend!
Thanks – Yoga is a wonderful practice and the deeper I go the more the floor drops away. I think the study of yoga runs parallel to our study of self and each level drops away to reveal more. BKS Iyengar says that there these sheaths to the body – that we peel back. He is my guru (he died in the last couple of years) and I have all his books. It is fascinating and what it can do for body and mind is beyond where modern medicine and psychotherapy can reach. I love your a yogi too ❤️ 🧘🏻♀️
Yes my friend, I completely agree. I used to live in South Florida and I attended a live music yoga class every Sunday morning. It was magical. The poses ong with breath definitely take me into a deeper sense of self. Namaste ❤🧘♀️
Tai Chi slow and easy, focus meditate does it for me.
I would love to learn Tai Chi – it is relaxing just watching someone do it – I imagine it would be amazing
It was relaxing just reading your writing 🙂 Thank you for your wisdom, anytime I’ve done simple yoga poses it brings a calm and I feel more in touch with my body. I’m looking forward to winters end so I can enjoy it out on the deck under the sun and trees. When I worked overnights at the homeless shelter, I would go outside to the courtyard when all the residents were sleeping and I would talk to the tree. It had witnessed so much. It stood in the very center of the fenced in courtyard with peaceful energy.
This is an amazing piece. And you’re right, I’ve never seen an anxious tree! 😉 I love the cadence of this, and the gently lulling effect with the different size font. Good tips on the oils as well, I can never remember which scents are supposed to do what ♥
Hi Caz – the essential oils are amazing, I’ve worked with them a lot but each pup has so many properties it is hard to remember everything about them. I have several books I use for research. I’m glad you liked the post, thanks for stopping by.