Teeter No More – Holding the Tree Pose
In case anyone is wondering, I’m happy to report that I can now stand on one leg. I’ll have to get back to you on the walking on a wire part – just kidding. It actually is quite simple to do. Understanding what not to do is the best way to get off on the right foot (pun intended).
First, I must keep in mind not to lock my knees, so that it does not feel like I’m pivoting on one leg. Instead, I allow my knee to be fluid in order to easily adjust my balance. Then, I begin to raise my other leg – but only when I feel ready. Next, my eyes focus on something in front of me. If there is someone facing me, it could get strange, but I just look at a knot in the wooden floorboard. I ignore everyone else around me and become keenly aware of how my body shifts in weight ever so slightly. I then know which muscles to move to compensate for any imbalance and reach stillness.
All of that takes longer to describe, but happens within seconds. I previously wanted to think that my foot is too small to hold up the weight of my body, but no more excuses.
Our bodies have an amazing ability to learn new things and become in sync with our minds if we allow it to.
[tags]teeter-totter, holding the tree pose, standing on one leg, balance, persistance, Vrksasana[/tags]