Tree Pose used to frustrate the crap out of me! It looked so easy but I could not hold it for even a second. Now it is one of my favorite asanas. Tree pose is a great posture to help you feel balanced, grounded, and centered.
When life gets a little crazy, getting out of your own head and into tree pose is like a refresh button on the computer.
Tree Pose provides a great stretch for the chest, groin, shoulders, thorax, and thighs (especially the inner thighs). This is an excellent pose for those who have flat feet, sciatica or trouble with balance.
– Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
– Firming through all four corners of the right foot, bend left knee, using hand to firm left sole against inner left thigh, toes pointing toward ground
– Center pelvis over right footRest hands atop pelvis, making sure it is resting in a neutral position, lengthening down through tailbone
– Rest hands atop pelvis, making sure it is resting in a neutral position, lengthening down through tailboneBring hands to prayer
– Bring hands to prayer (Anjali Mudra)
– Gaze at a non-moving spot about 4 or 5 feet in front of you
– Repeat to even out both sides