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Often something as simple as walking in nature or petting a dog or hugging a friend, fills our hearts with complete and utter joy. It is an old cliche, but the simple things in life are truly the most poignant. Although it is easy to overlook ordinary moments of pleasure, if we have learned nothing as a result of a crazy worldwide pandemic, it is that simple, every day activities are anything but ordinary. Capture and value each moment. Every day is truly a gift. Use each day to its fullest. Find beauty in every thing you see. Be joyful!

Guemes Channel, San Juan Islands, Anacortes, Washington

"Be joyful."

Yoga Pose: Tree Pose Vrikasana

Express pure joy in this balance pose.

Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.

Stance. Shift your weight into your right leg, maintaining a strong foundation through the right foot. Keep your right leg straight without locking your knee.

Legs. Lift your left foot up and place the sole of the foot against the inner side of the right leg. Use your hands if necessary to place it where you want it. Keep the left knee pointed out to the left side.

Torso. Lengthen the spine. Relax the shoulders.

Arms. Allow your arms to float up and stretch your fingertips the reach the sky or place your hands in Anjali Mudra. Show your playful, joyful side in an expression of the pose that feels energetic and alive.

Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep your head in a neutral position. Smile.

Timing. Stay balanced for several breaths. Exhale to come out of the pose. Return to Tadasana.


[Repeat on the other side]

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