The trees at the edge of our backyard lawn are glorious and always draw my attention. During the summer, the leaves of the birches and maples actually shimmer and shine in the sunlight. New Englanders know what I’m talking about when I say their fall foliage shades are breathtaking. In winter and early spring, the lack of foliage opens one’s view into the wetlands beyond the trees, exposing more and different views of birdlife, grasses and skyline. I’ve often thought how amazing trees are to bear witness to each season with such strength, longevity and fortitude. Native Americans refer to trees as “The Standing People” and they highly revere trees for all they give to animals, humans and Mother Earth.
Vrksasana, Tree Pose, gives us, as yogis, the opportunity to become a tree. Can we imagine being happy and patient where we stand? Can we stand rooted, not wanting things to be different when storms and discomfort come along?