Tree Pose (Vrkasana) limbers the hips, strengthens the ankles, firms and tones the muscles of the legs, back, and chest. It helps improve balance, posture and concentration.
Tree Pose – How To
1 Stand upright and bring your feet together with a straight spine, looking straight ahead.
2 Find an object that does not move and gently gaze at it.
3 Balancing on your left foot, bend your right knee and bring the sole of your right foot as high as you comfortably can on the inside of your left leg, with the right toes pointing down your left leg. It’s important that your right foot is above, or below the left knee – never press it against the knee joint.
4 Point your right knee to the right side.
5 Place your hands together in prayer position in front of your chest. Once you are stable in this position and can maintain steady breathing, raise your hands together over your head, extending your arms.
6 Close eyes and breathe. Repeat with other leg.