In the November 2011 issue of Yoga Journal, Egg Signateur Annie Carpenter was a contributing writer for the column Basics, which is the first of a year-long series for the magazine. She sets the foundation for her series by discussing the yogic principle satya, introducing it by discussing how the grounding alignment of Mountain Pose (Tadasana) sets up a successful, balanced Tree Pose (Vrksasana).
“Satya teaches yogis to think, speak, and act in alignment with what is true…. Tree Pose,” Annie tells us, “offers an opportunity to practice this principle by aligning your spine in a way that aligns the truth of your body.” While Mountain Pose is comparatively easy (standing on two legs) it is the absence of one grounded leg as you move into Tree Pose that challenges your alignment and reveals your hips’ true flexibility. If you immediately attempt to mimic your teacher and point your knee straight to the side, (more…)