Standing in Vrksasana (Tree Pose) is a great hip opener.
Tree Pose in a local apple orchard!
- 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. 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. 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. Firmly press the sole of the foot against the inner thigh resisting with outer leg.
- 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. 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).