Standing in Vrksasana (Tree Pose) is a great hip opener.

Tree Pose in a local apple  orchard!

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

  1. 1.  Stand in Tadasana or Mountain Pose and shift your weight slightly to the left foot, keeping the foot firm on the floor, do not lock your knee.
  2. 2. Bend your right leg and bring the foot up placing the sole against the inner left groin, toes pointing toward the floor with center of pelvis directly over the foot.
  3. 3.  Keep the pelvis in neutral position with top rim parallel to the floor.  Lengthen the tailbone toward the floor making sure joints are stacked and spine is erect.
  4. 4.  Firmly press the sole of the foot against the inner thigh resisting with outer leg.
  5. 5.  Raise arms overhead, palms facing (your branches) keeping the shoulders down and gaze softly at a fixed point (your Drishti) to help hold your balance.
  6. 6.  Hold from 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Step back in Tadasana and repeat on opposite side.

BENEFITS:  Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine; stretches the groins and inner thighs, chest and shoulders; improves sense of balance; relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet.

CAUTIONS:  Headache, insomnia, low blood pressure, high blood pressure (don’t raise arms).

 

Posted in: Yoga Poses.
Last Modified: December 14, 2014

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