Tree pose or Vrksasana in Sanskrit, which is probably one of the most common poses people associate with Yoga. In addition to make you “look like a Yoga expert”, Tree Pose actually helps strengthen your thighs, calves, ankles and back. It can also increase the flexibility of your hips and groin. If you practice Tree pose often, your balance and concentration can also be improve.
- Stand straight with your feet together.
- Bring your weight over to the right foot. Lift the left foot off the floor.
- Bend the left knee. Bring the sole of the left foot high onto the inner right thigh. Avoid placing the left foot directly on the right knee.
- Press your right leg against the sole of your left foot. At the same time, press the sole of your left foot against your right leg. These two opposing forces will help to prevent your left foot from slipping down.
- Focus on something that does not move to keep your balance.
- Raise your arms above you head with your palms facing together.
- Practice until you can hold the pose comfortably for 30 seconds.
- Repeat the move with another foot.
- If you are not able to stand still, you may lean against a wall to help you keep yourself steady.
- Once you have mastered this pose. Close your eyes and see if you can stay balanced. Most will fall. So, try it. Let me know your experience.
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