Tree Pose

(Vrkasana)

Okay a pose a day is too much but one every second day is 👌🏼

Tree pose

Inhaling, root down into the ground with your foot, feeling it beneath you. On the exhale lift you foot and place it on your opposite ankle, shin or upper thigh, turning your knee to open out to the front. Lift your leg to help if you need and beware of rest your foot on the knee. Inhaling, press down from the sole of your foot to the thigh. Keep your upper body engaged, notice your spine and neck alignment, stack your crown, threat and heart, ensure shoulders are back and sliding down the spine, level your pelvis, soften your jaw and face. Gaze softly in the distance. You may place your hands together at the heart, opened up or joined above your head. Have a drishti point in the distance to focus on. Repeat on left and right sides.

Modifications & Considerations:

  • If experiencing shoulder problems, keep hands on hips or use goal post arms.
  • Keep toe on the ground or use a wall or partner to help steady you
  • Close your eyes to challenge your balance
  • Watch for knee sensitivity and come out if feeling pain

The Good Stuff:

  • Helps with balance and coordination
  • Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine
  • Relieves sciatica
  • Reverses flat foot
  • Stretches the groin and inner thighs, chest and shoulders

The philosophy:

  • Find your roots, stay grounded 
  • Be patient and persistent
  • Come from a place of non-judgement 
  • Fall and try again, your roots will keep you safe
  • Be balanced in body and mind 
  • Everyday is a new day accept the challenges that are presented to you 
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