The oldest tree in the world lived to almost 5,000 in Nevada, USA and was named Prometheus, after the Greek Titan, until it was cut down in 1964. Trees are like pillars of wisdom that are sturdy and adaptive to their surroundings, reflective of the balance and flexibility behind the Tree Yoga Pose or Vrikshasana.
How To Get Into the Yoga Tree Pose
First assume the Tadasana (Mountain pose), standing with your hands at the sides of your body. Then shift your weight slightly onto your left foot, engaging the muscles of your left leg to assist in the balance, and bend your right knee outwards to the side and bring it high enough so that you could clasp your right ankle. Place the sole of the foot against your inner left thigh with your toes pointing towards the floor.
Try to lengthen your back and keep your hips centered (aligned with your torso and not leaning to the side). When you feel that your folded right leg and straightened left leg have their balance, press your palms together in front of your chest in prayer position, holding your gaze focused 4 to 5 feet away from you. To keep your balance, squeeze your butt muscles and ensure your core is engaged. When you are centered you can slowly raise your arms up while remaining with the palms of your hands together. Then lift your arms and hold your clasped hands above your head. Stay in this pose for about 30 seconds and then lower your right foot back to Tadasana, mountain pose. Repeat the procedure again by switching legs.
Why Tree Yoga Pose is Good For You
The Tree pose not only trains you to balance, but it also improves your spine, thighs, calves and ankles. BY folding one leg and pressing it into the other, your inner thigh and groin are both given a good stretch while engaging your core muscles toughens up your abdominal area as you work to remain steady in your position.
As you balance on one leg, the tendon of your feet, the bones of your hips and legs and the stability of your hips are also strengthened while your focus and concentration work to shut our restlessness and distractions.
Raising your arms and hands above your head also tones your shoulders and your triceps although it is recommended that those with high blood pressure just keep their hands low in prayer position.
The tree happens to be one of the most peaceful and graceful poses in yoga, so achieving and practicing this pose will help to boost your self-esteem and make you feel poised too.
If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga Tree Pose and other Yoga poses, I’ve written a short step by step guide to a Quick, Simple, Beginner’s Yoga Routine that you can get here: cheryl.osler.com
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