Kind Karma® Kids Yoga World Initiative: Youth Empowerment Of Wholeness (YEOW). YEOW Promotes youth empowerment through kind karma® kid's yoga, awaken with meditation, mindfulness, awaken qigong, gong & sound therapy (GST), positive thinking and visualization, energy therapy, and interconnectivity with nature (shamanic themed events).
“Vrksa” means “tree” and “Asana, means “pose”.
Names we use in Kind Karma® Kids Yoga Teacher Training Courses: Tree Pose; Tall Tree Pose; Swaying Tree; Breezy Tree; Flamingo; Cactus; Stork.
Stand up straight and tall in Mountain Pose. Engage your abdominals ("pull in your tummy"). Take a couple of deep breaths.
Look ahead and find a point (this can be an object, a wall, or window) to focus on.
As you breathe out, slowly bring up your left foot. Bend your knee, and place your left foot on the inside part of your right leg (Caution: When pressing your lifted foot into your standing leg, make sure it is above or below your knee, not on your knee).
Relax and straighten the left leg on the floor, shifting your weight into the foot. Ground it – imagine it being a tree root, weaving through the Earth and hold steady.
Inhale and bring your hands to your sides. Reach out like branches on a tree.
Exhale and bring the hands together in front of your heart. Then lift them strongly overhead - if comfortable and steady. Imagine you are a are a growing tree!
Hold the pose for several breaths, and gazing ahead (focus on one spot).
Imagine being a tree. What type of tree are you? Are you in a grove? In the middle of a meadow? A big tree in the jungle? In a park? An apple tree? Think about where trees live.
Repeat on your opposite side.
"Kind Karma® Kids Yoga Teacher Training Teaches Tree Rhyme Sing-Along, Sound Making and Shamanic Themes." - Dean Telano, Founder
Some Fun Variations of Tree Pose
Hold apples in your hands or on your head.
Make 'sounds' you think a tree would make, especially on a windy day.