Celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Tree Yoga Pose

Palm Sunday 2011 is April 17.  Christians celebrate Palm Sunday the one-week before Easter.  It marks the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem. The palm tree was considered a symbol of victory and well-being. Before Ash Wednesday (of the next year), the Palm is burned and used as a symbol of penitence during Lent.

The Palm Tree was also sacred to the Greek god Apollo.

PALM TREE POSE
Palm Tree Pose is a great spinal alignment pose.  It lengthens your entire body.  It opens your heart and chest.  Palm Tree energizes and releases tension as it strengthens your arms and legs.

Palm Tree Pose (Talasana)

Begin in Mountain Pose

Inhale, raise arms over head (palms facing each other), and rise up onto toes

Breathe

Inhale and straighten your entire body reaching up

Exhale bend back slightly

Drishti (gaze) is on fingers

Hold for a few slow deep breaths

Exhale-lower arms and heels

Return to Mountain Pose

Palm Tree Variations…

Kundalini Palm Tree Pose

Same as above, but legs are wider than hip width apart, toes turned out slightly

Swaying  (or Swinging) Palm Tree Pose (Tiryaka Tadasana)

Palm tree with side stretch to each side

Tree Pose Variation-Palm Tree

Come to Tree Balance Pose

Inhale arms up

Exhale elbows down to shoulder height, arms at a right angle (upper arms parallel to floor).

Palms facing forward, fingers spread

Wall/Palm Tree Variation

Begin in Mountain Pose

Inhale arms up into the air

Exhale elbows down to shoulder height, arms at a right angle (upper arms parallel to floor).

Palms facing forward, fingers spread

Slowly walk backwards until your entire back is against a wall

Concentrate on aligning your body with the wall

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2 Responses to “Celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Tree Yoga Pose”

  1. Celebrate Arbor Day with TREE POSE, Vrksasana and then plant a tree! « 2nd Star To The Right Yoga Blog Says:

    […] Grow your Branches (arms) anyway you like: Hands together in prayer position at heart center, Hands together over your head, Arms over your head in a ‘V’ position, interlace your fingers and press your palms to the sky, or bring your elbows parallel to the floor (Palm Tree). […]

  2. Arbor Day is here again, Let’s try some Tree Pose Variations… « 2nd Star To The Right Yoga Blog Says:

    […] Grow your Branches (arms) anyway you like: Hands together in prayer position at heart center Hands together over your head Arms over your head in a ‘V’ position Interlace your fingers and press your palms to the sky Bring your elbows parallel to the floor (Palm Tree). […]

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