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Tree Pose

Strike a Yoga Pose: Tree

When most people think of yoga, they imagine someone in Lotus pose or this pose called Tree. This pose is all about challenging your sense of balance, but it also promotes good posture and opens your hips.


Sanskrit Name: Vrksasana
English Translation: Tree Pose

Want to know my trick for staying in this pose? Then read more

When doing this pose, it's important that you wear pants and not shorts, since the sole of your foot will end up sliding down your bare leg.

  • To get into this pose, stand with your feet together. Put all your weight into your left foot and lift your right foot off the ground.
  • Grab onto your right ankle with your right hand, flex your foot and place your heel as far up your leg as possible with your toes pointing down. Place your foot wherever it feels comfortable. It's OK to rest it on your knee if that's as high as your right foot will go.
  • To keep your right foot planted, actively press your left leg against the sole of your right foot, and at the same time, press the sole of your right foot against your left leg. These two opposing forces will help to prevent your right foot from slipping down. Also draw your right knee back to open your hip. This also keeps your right foot in place.
  • Press your palms together in front of your heart, and if it feels OK raise your arms straight over your head. Gaze softly at a still point in front of you to help you stay balanced.
  • Keep your spine nice and long and tuck in your tailbone. Focus on keeping your belly still and breathing into your ribs. Stay here for five or more breaths and then do the other side.

Fit's Tips: Is this pose super easy for you? Try doing it with your eyes closed.

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