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Today, our pose of choice is the simple yet challenging Vrksasana, or Tree pose. The best part of this pose is it's invitation to be both steady and sway with the natural direction of your body, very much like a real tree swaying in the breeze. Vrksasana helps to strengthen the thighs, calves, ankles and spine, as well as stretching the groin, inner thighs, chest, and shoulders. It's a wonderful way to improve your sense of balance. There are a few variations of the Tree pose, as seen in the pictures below. 


Step 1:  

Begin by standing in Tadasana. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, and slowly bend your right knee. Reach down with your right hand and grab your right ankle. 


Step 2: 

Draw your right foot up and place the sole against the inner left thigh.


Step 3:

While making sure the pelvis is in a neutral position, firmly press the right foot sole against the inner thigh. Press your hands together in Anjali Mudra. 


Gaze softly at a fixed point in front of you, and breathe deeply. Stay in position for 30 seconds to a minute. 



This beautiful picture is courtesy of YogaTrail 


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1 comment

  • Daniel: September 17, 2014

    How is the second example achievable?

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