Body/Mind Perspective: Tree Pose

Posted on December 15, 2009 by


Tree Pose – Vrikshasana (sanskrit name)

Tree pose improves overall balance, stability, and poise.  It strengthens the legs, arms, and shoulders, and opens up the hips and groin.  Tree pose also enhances focus and concentration and produces a calming effect on the body and mind.

1.  Stand with your feet hip width apart.
2.  As you exhale, bend your left knee and place the sole of your left foot, toes pointing down, on the inside of your right leg ideally between your knee and groin.  If you are a beginner place your food on your lower leg between your ankle and knee OR with your toes touching the floor.  NEVER place your foot against your knee joint.
3.  As you inhale, bring your hands palms together in a prayer position in front of your chest.
4.  Focus on a spot 6 to 8ft in front of you at eye level.
5.  Stay in this position and breath 5-10 breaths.
6.  Switch sides and repeat.

Tree Pose

Yogic tradition believes practicing balancing postures not only improves your physical balance but invites more  balance into all areas of your life……….mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Be well,