Tree Pose/Vrksasana

September 1, 2018

AH tree pose (or Vrksasana) is a true favourite of mine.  It is a beautiful grounding asana that helps us improve on our balance while strengthening the thighs, calves, ankles and spine.  Vrksasana enlongates the groins, inner thighs, chest and shoulders.

How to get into Vrksasana

  1. Begin standing in Tadasana (Mountain pose).  Distribute your weight evenly across both feet, grounding down equally.
  2. Now find your drishi point, AKA a still point in front of you, and focus on it.
  3.  Push down through your grounded foot, like it’s a root penetrating the earth.
  4. Energize your entire body, the more energy, the firmer your pose and confidence will be.
  5. Shift your weight to your right foot. Bend your left knee and allow the soul of your foot find a spot either above or below your knee.  For some assistance, you may clasp your ankle and with gentleness, guide your foot to rest on your inner thigh. Now, take notice of your  hips and ensure they are equal and both facing forward.
  6. Take a big breath in and press your palms together in prayer position at your chest.
  7. Press your foot into your thigh, while pressing your thigh equally against your foot.
  8. Your arms can be outstretched long above your head, parallel with palms facing each other, remain in prayer at heart centre or splayed out in a V formation, fingers spread wide in representation of the leaves on your tree.
  9. Hold for up to one minute. To release the pose, step back into Tadasana (Mountain Pose).  Repeat for the same amount of time on the opposite side.

 

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