balanceTree 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.

The posture strengthens the entire body, especially the ankles, calves, thighs, and vertebral column (spine).

Pose Breakdown:

– 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

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