The one with the Tree pose glory

This morning I woke up and I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired. It wasn’t that I worked a double shift yesterday. It wasn’t that I am running again and feeling the effects. I got enough sleep (well, kindof- the smoke alarm went off causing me to leap out of bed and frantically use all the air in my lungs to blow on the darn thing (ummm headrush) while flapping my arms and generally looking crazy).

Then I realised. Get ready for it guys. I FORGOT to have coffee. Wow, I am really ashamed to write that. Coffee is one of my favourite things ever and forgetting it is firstly pretty scary (that headrush must have cost me some much needed brain cells), and secondly highly unlike me. I am not addicted to coffee (HA, that is what all addicts would say), but I do very much enjoy my morning cup(s).


(FYI, just because my cup has red and green and white, it does not mean it is a Christmas cup, it is a penguin cup and penguins are always ALWAYS appropriate).

Anyway, once I got over this little atrocity and made myself a nice strong cup and whispered a little forgiveness prayer to it, it was yoga time. When is it ever not yoga time? The balcony was calling to me, I am forcing myself to not run today even though my run-loving heartΒ is telling me that it would be fine, and so I settled in for some Ashtanga with a particular focus on Tree pose.

I started off with Leslie’s thirty minute class.


I actually quite like this video for morning practices because while she gets right into it straight away, the fact that it is Ashtanga means that there are the regular five-breaths-in-a-pose pauses which help me wake up. It definitely gets the blood flowing (that is kindof a yucky expression, I am sorry). It makes me laugh when Leslie says “Your head may or may not be on the ground (when we are in wide-legged forward fold)”. Ummm sorry Leslie, my head is like a meter from the ground πŸ™‚

The more I do Ashtanga the more I love it; I used to be a strictly Vinyasa type girl, if it wasn’t flowing I wasn’t down with it, but now the stillness in some poses is something I really welcome. Maybe I am just getting old πŸ˜‰

After that I threw on one of my fave kirtan songs and did an intuitive practice for half an hour.


I spent a lot of time working on my Tree pose ( Vriksasana). This article has some great tips on how to do it. I did a bunch of variations of it, placing my lifted foot at different heights on my grounded leg as I progressed, and changing my arm position around. I also spent a bit of time playing with closing my eyes- result: I am nowhere near balanced enough to do this. I noticed a huge difference in my balance even just compared to three weeks ago though, my sprained ankle was wobbling like mad at that time and now it is much more stable and burning a whole lot less. Soo nice to be able to see it healing like this. I also feel like Tree pose is a really powerful pose and really uplifting. That is the yogi-hippy in me talking, we will move on πŸ™‚



Have you done Tree pose before? -Please whip it out if not, it is awesome πŸ™‚

Do you drink coffee? Or tea?– Both are amazing but coffee slightly more so in my world πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to The one with the Tree pose glory

  1. Jessica says:

    haha. I ACTUALLY haven’t been drinking that much coffee lately, which is weirdd, for me. I loove it. πŸ™‚
    umm.. I can’t even touch my toes, that yoga looks hard.!!
    and tree pose, yea when I’m being silly. lol

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    • Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles to touch their toes! Running just tightens those hamstrings right up doesn’t it? Absoltely, tree pose is weirdly nice to just whip out when you’re being silly πŸ™‚ hope you’re having a great day girl!

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  2. What, people can actually touch their toes?? Not in this house. The tree pose is one on my Wii Fit Yoga, so that one we can do at our house. It’s all more fun when the Wii is involved!
    I only drink iced coffee, mocha flavored preferred, but it’s an after run reward. It’s a reward for getting up so early, and also for working hard.

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    • I have never done Wii! It looks like so much fun! Do you make your iced coffee or buy it? I had nose surgery (genetically caused deviated septum-sometimes I say deviated septum and people bring up cocaine hahaha ummm no) and anyway I was only allowed cold food for a month! I definitely got into iced coffee then! πŸ™‚


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