I am Kind



By: Alanna Zabel – Yoga Instructor
Contributor’s website:  Aziam

The yoga posture, tree pose, has multiple physical benefits.  It strengthens the thighs, calves, ankles and spine.  It stretches the inner thighs and groin area, and it improves an overall sense of balance.  It can also be of benefit in relieving sciatica and in reducing flat feet.  With one foot pressing into the opposite thigh, it is also known to stimulate kidney meridian pressure points that run along the inner thighs – acting as a bit of self-acupressure.


As yogis associate this posture with a tree (the leg which you are balancing on is the trunk rooted into the ground; the arms, lifted leg and head as branches and leaves of the tree), there is a symbolism that extends in behavior and presence. The tree epitomizes a non-judgmental, resource-providing, season-changing, patient symbol of our Earth.  Let’s focus on embodying these attributes today. Throughout your day, offer sincere compliments, resources, shade, flowers, and any other sincere expressions of kindness to those who are lucky enough to be in your neck of the woods. May today also grace you with kindness, as you shower kindness to others.

“Acceptance of others – their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs – bring you an inner peace and tranquility instead of anger and resentment.” – Unknown

Contributor’s website: www.aziam.com

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