Pose of the Month

July: Tree

 

This month we are featuring the infamous Tree pose! Check out some of the benefits and why this pose is fun, stimulating, and stabilizing.

  • English: Tree
  • Sanskrit: Vrksasana (vreek-sha-suh-na)
  • Category: Balancing, hip opening
  • Stretches: Groin of the lifted leg
  • Strengthens: Joints of the standing leg, outer hips, core

Benefits

  • Heightens awareness of the body's ability to maintain balance and equilibrium
  • Stimulates focus, multi-tasking, and core muscles of the torso
  • Promotes presence of mind and body

Instructions

  1. Shift all of your body weight to your left leg.
  2. Place the sole of your foot on the inside of your ankle, calf, or inner thigh. Point your toes towards the floor.
  3. Push down through all four corners of your grounded foot and engage your abs.
  4. Bring your hands to your heart and enjoy for 3-5 breaths. Switch sides.

Things To Consider

  1. Avoid pressing your foot into your knee. If your hips are tight, place your foot below the knee on the calf or ankle.
  2. Utilize a chair or desk for support if your balance is unstable.
  3. Please avoid this pose if you are prone to dizziness. 

Feel free to chime in. Leave your questions in the comments box, and let us know how you this practice leads to progress in your day. We look forward to seeing how just taking several minutes to stretch can transform your whole day!