Tree pose, vrksasana (vrik-SHAH-suh-nuh), is a classic and a staple in some instructors’ classes. This pose is all about balance and opening, but getting the proper alingment is crucial to reaping the benefits of this grounding yoga pose.
Correct form for tree pose
Tree pose is a great way to practice your balance. To come into the pose, shift your weight to one of your feet. Imagine roots are growing from your foot into the ground, thee bring your other foot up. The knee of this leg will open out to the side as you plant your for on the inside of your grounded leg. You’ll plant your foot either at your ankle, shin, or thigh - never on your knee.
Your arms will be in pryer position, but as your balance improves, you can reach them up towards the sky, growing your branches. To challenge your balance even further, you can close your eyes. If you aren’t quite there yet, fix your eyes on a steady point ahead and breathe.
Benefits of tree pose
Tree pose is a great way to stretch your thighs, groin and even your torso, and shoulders. It can help if you have flat feet while also helping with sciatica.
It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles, and is an overall great way to test and improve your balance. It’s a great way to balance your mind, too. If you’re having a crazy day, take a few moments to practice tree pose. Focus on your breathing and your balance, and quiet your mind. Your body will appreciate the balance and the beauty of this yoga pose.