Yoga Focus: Tree of Hopeby Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
Today's yoga blog is a practice which is near and dear to my heart. It's what I call the "Tree of Hope" practice.
I created this practice and painting after being in tree pose during a particularly difficult time in my life.
The “Strength” is found in the roots of the tree, “Hope” in the trunk, “Acceptance” of the challenges we all face in our lives and, finally, finding “Peace”.
The practice is a variation of a yoga technique called a “Nyasa.” Nyasa roughly translates to “intentionally placed.”
As you consider following along with me, please know you may participate in the Nyasa in your mind or out loud—whichever feels most comfortable to you.
I hope this practice gives you the strength, grounding and hope it continues to give me.
About the Author
Lisa is The Emily Program's Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services. Lisa oversees the national operations of both nutrition and yoga departments, which includes the direction and oversite of the clinical practices for 65+ nutrition staff and 20+ yoga instructors. She has over 10 years of eating disorder specific experience in yoga instruction, clinical nutrition counseling and program development. Lisa draws from her deep knowledge base of nutrition, yoga, body image and eating disorder treatment to meet clients' physical and emotional needs. She develops and conducts national eating disorder and body image sensitive yoga trainings and is also a regular blogger on nutrition, yoga and body image; a published author (articles, book chapters and published research); and continues to conduct research to better understand the role of yoga and nutrition in eating disorder recovery.