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This month’s pose, Vrksasana (translation Tree Pose), builds stability, grace and balance. As with all postures, the more you practice a pose the more it comes with ease; the more intentionality you give to a pose, the more awareness you develop. Tree pose is designed for practitioners to reveal inner peace and express themselves uniquely as they breathe deeper into the pose.

The accompanying photo was taken after a weeklong teacher training intensive in the Catskills. I can recall the calm energy of this rock, as well as how stable and at peace I was in that moment. Now, when my balance is aligned, Tree Pose brings me into deep peace and tranquility. I can feel the ground beneath my standing leg and the energy that reaches up through my body and out the crown of my head. There is a sense of fulfillment in the posture that can only be enjoyed when experienced. So let’s experience it!

Stand with your feet parallel in Mountain Pose. Bring your palms together over your heart. Focus your eyes on a still point in front of you. Shift your weight into your right foot. Lift your left heel off your mat. Turn your left knee out to the left and rest your left heel just above you right anklebone. This is the first option for the pose and you can stay here. If you are ready to go deeper, bring the arch of your left foot to your right calve. If you would like to go even deeper bring the arch of your left foot into your inner right thigh. In each of these variations, your left knee will point out to the left in external rotation.

Hold this side of the pose and breathe. Feel the incredible support from the ground beneath you. Feel the length of your body. Feel the touch of your palms. Breathe. Repeat the Mantra “I am at peace” ten times. Release your left foot. Take a breath. Move to the other side. Namasté.

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Michelle Ploog is an ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) certified in Kripalu Yoga and Baptiste Power Yoga that inspires students to live a life of passion and purpose. During her eight years of teaching, she has taught yoga to an array of students from professional athletes, celebrities, women in recovery from sex trafficking, and adolescents coping with depression.  She has coached and trained yoga teachers as a facilitator for multiple teacher training programs, featured workshops and immersions around the country.  Her intention for teaching is to create a transformational and opening experience for students to embrace their inner light of greatness. For more about Michelle, please visit www.michelleploog.com and facebook.com/michelleploog.

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