Tree Pose

October 3, 2013 by Luana Mercy

Sanskrit Name: Vrksasana

Focus: Nose

Cautions: headache, insomnia, low or high blood pressure (option: don’t raise arms overhead)

Benefits:
Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles, and spine
Stretches groin, inner thigh, chest & shoulders
Improves balance
Relief from sciatica pain
Reduces Flat Feet

Instruction:

  • stand in mountain pose
  • shift weight to one foot
  • light other foot, clasp ankle with same side hand
  • draw sole of food into supporting leg thigh
  • release hand
  • reach arms overhead and press palms together

Beginner: plant foot on inner calf instead of thigh, but never beside knee, do not press palms together

Advanced: close eyes or alternate arm positions

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