Vrikshasana or Tree pose

Vrikshasana

Vrikshasana or Tree pose

The tree pose helps us to train balance and focus while strengthening the inner and outside of the legs and tones the abdomen. 

Let's start by standing tall with your arms relaxed by your sides and spread your toes a pass and bring your weight towards the middle of your feet. Activate your left leg keeping a slight bend in the knee and begin to shift your weight towards your left leg; keep gazing to a point in front of you as you make you right leg light lifting the heel up and just balancing on your right big toe depending on how balanced you feel.

You can choose where to place your right feet either on top of the left fits against your left leg below your knee or with the help of your hands above your left knee. Keep activating your left leg and ground through your left big toe as you press your right foot against the inside of your left leg and at the same time press your left leg back against your right foot. 

Draw the right knee back to open the right hip from here, placed their hands first in front of your heart and then on the next. Inhale extend your arms up towards the ceiling spreading your arms apart lift and lengthen your torso finding a lift also in your lower ballet. Keep an active upper posture where you reach your chest a little forward and up straightening your arms and reaching your fingertips up towards the ceiling. Keep the gaze of your eyes looking down and try to stay focused and calm while standing in this position.

 If you want to challenge your balance you can even close your eyes stay here for at least five long breaths. To release the pose bring the palms back along ahead of your heart then place your right foot down next to your left amendment and repeat for the opposite leg.

 Currently, activate your right leg keeping a slight bend in the knee and begin to shift your weight toward your right leg this time. Keep gazing to a point in front of you as you make your left leg light by lifting the heel up and just balancing on your left big toe.

Place your left foot in the same position against the right leg as you did on the opposite side. Keep activating your right leg and ground through your right big toe as you press your left foot against the inside of the right leg and at the same time press your right leg back against your left foot.

Draw the left knee back to open the left hip from here. Place the hands first in front of your heart and then on the next, inhale extend your arms up towards the ceiling spreading your arms apart lift and lengthen your torso finding a lift also in your lower belly. Keep an active upper posture where you reach your chest a little forward and up straightening your arms and reaching your fingertips up towards the ceiling keep the gaze of your eyes looking down and try to stay focused and calm or standing in this position.

If you want to challenge your balance; you can again close your eyes stay here for at least five long deep breaths to release the pose bring the palms back together in front of your heart and then place your left foot down next to your right coming back to standing with your arms along with your sides.

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