"Tree Pose is a pose of balance that requires focus and brings awareness into the present moment," said Pilin Anice, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, a yoga instructor who teaches virtual classes with Ailey Extension. "The attention this pose requires anchors the mind to present and slows down racing thoughts while cultivating feelings of calm, grounding, and stability in the body."
- Stand with your feet together in Mountain Pose. 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 standing leg as possible with your toes pointing down.
- To prevent your right foot from sliding down, actively press your left leg and the sole of your right foot against each other. Draw your right knee back to open your hip.
- Press your palms together in front of your heart or raise your arms into the air, gazing forward. Hold for five breaths.