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Strike a Yoga Pose: Sage Tree

There's been a lot of talk about trees at my house lately: Christmas trees, that is. Why not bring some of the O Tannenbaum holiday spirit into your yoga practice with Tree pose? After all, it is one of Jennifer Aniston's favorite poses, but you don't have to stop there. l've been taking it up a notch on my side arm balances, aka Sage pose, by adding Tree to the position. This is one of my favorite variations of Sage because it targets your upper body, core, and hips all at the same time.

Sanskrit Name: Vasistha Vrksasana
English Translation: Sage Tree Pose
Also Called: Sage with Bent Knee
  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog pose. Step both feet together so your big toes are touching.
  • Move your right hand over to the left so it's at the center of your mat (still at the top of your mat).
  • Roll over to your right side and plant your right heel down so you are balancing on the outside edge of your right foot. You want your left foot to be stacked on top of your left foot with both feet flexed, coming into Beginner's Sage.
  • Bend your left knee and use your left hand to pull your left heel as high up on your inner thigh as possible, so it's in Tree position. Plant the sole of your right foot completely on the floor to help you stay balanced.
  • Once you're stable, reach your left arm up above you, and if you can, gaze up at your palm. Reach up with you right fingertips to take pressure out of your wrists. Stay here for five or more deep breaths, trying to keep your core strong and the pose steady.
  • Lower your left hand back down and place your right hand back where it was near the top right corner of your mat. Separate your feet so you are in a top of a push-up position, aka plank. Return to vinyasa and come back to Downward Facing Dog and get ready to try the Sage Tree on the other side.
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