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How To Series: Tree Pose | Vrksasana
By Seyi Ishola

If you’re one of those people that constantly trip over their own foot, you probably understand the benefit of having a good sense of balance. Tree pose is one of those that helps you develop a sense of steadiness and poise both physically and mentally. It mimics the graceful stance of a tree.

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Sanskrit name, “Vrksasana” pronounced vrik-SHAH-suh-nuh



  • “Vrksa,” which means “tree”

  • “asana,” which means “pose”


 



 



 


Instructions:


- Stand up tall with your arms straight by the side of the body keeping the weight evenly distributed across both feet.


- Look straight ahead, find a spot that is not moving and maintain a steady gaze.


- Shift the weight to your left foot. Bend the right knee, turn it towards the right wall. Using your hands gently place the heel against the left leg. The sole of the foot should stay flat and firm near the root of the thigh.


- Once you’ve found your balance, bring the palms together in prayer position in front of the heart. Keep the belly engaged to stabilize the pelvis.


- Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, slowly feel the shoulders drop down and back. Keep the collarbone broad and the chest open and lifted.


- Hold for 5-8 breaths and with each exhale, feel the body relax just a bit more.


- To release: on the next exhale, gently release the hands back down and the right leg next.


- Stand tall as in the beginning and repeat on the other side.


* Avoid placing the heel on the knee at all cost to prevent injuries.


 


Benefits:


- Improves balance and focus.


- Strengthens the legs, knees and ankles.


- Serves as a hip opener


 


Cautions:


If you are currently experiencing insomnia, low blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, do avoid this pose. If you have high blood pressure on the other hand, make sure you avoid raising the arms overhead.


 


Remember to maintain a safe practice and listen to your body always.


 


Until next time, 


Namaste


Seyi


x


 

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