Pose of the Week: Vrksasana

Vrksasana or Tree Pose

Vrksasana or Tree Pose

Vrksasana or Tree Pose

"Storms make trees take deeper roots." - Dolly Parton

Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Shift the weight onto the right foot and bring the left foot high to the inner thigh. If you're struggling to bring the foot to the thigh, bring the foot to rest on the calf.  Avoid placing the foot directly on the knee.  Press the sole of the foot into the thigh and resist with the standing leg.  Tailbone points down, hips stay squared forward, much like headlights. Choose a drishti, (a focal point on the floor or wall in front of you) to focus on and help keep your balance.  If you are struggling with balance use a wall for support.  Arm variations include hands to the heart, stretching your arms straight up toward the ceiling, parallel to each other, or touch the palms together forming an inverted V with the arms. For an extra challenge try closing your eyes.  Practice the pose for thirty seconds to one minute.  Vrksasana works to improve balance and strengthens thighs, calves, ankles & spine. A great one to practice in the kitchen while making dinner or standing in line at the grocery store!