This grounding posture improves balance and stability in the legs and strengthens the ligaments and tendons of the feet and ankles. Tree pose can also assist the body in establishing pelvic stability.
Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, Lift your right foot bending at the knee Reach down with your right hand and clasp your right ankle.
Draw your right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh or inner calf, toes pointing toward the floor. Make sure to place your foot above the knee or below the knee, not pressing directly on the inner knee area.
Rest your hands on the top rim of your pelvis. Make sure the pelvis is in a neutral position and level with the floor. Lengthen your tailbone towards the floor.
Firmly press the sole of your right foot against the inner thigh (or calf) and resist with the outer left leg. Gaze softly at a fixed point in front of you on the floor about 4 or 5 feet away.
Bring your hands together at your heart center or raise your branches (arms) to the sky! Take slow steady breaths. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then switch sides.
NOTE: Tree pose can also be done using the modification shown below of keeping the ball of the foot on the floor with heel at the inner ankle. Another option is to place a hand on a wall or back of a chair for support.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your health care provider and obtain clearance before practicing yoga or any other exercise program. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor may reduce the risk of injuries. Not all yoga poses are suitable for all persons. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor, in addition to the direction of your healthcare provider, can also help determine what poses are suitable for your particular case. The information provided in this blog is strictly for reference only and is not in any manner a substitute for medical advice or direct guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. Oly Family Chiropractic Inc. assumes no responsibility or liability for any injuries or losses that may result from practicing yoga or any other exercise program.