Day 2 – The Tree Pose is a basic yoga pose to promote balance and centering. It strengthens and tones the leg muscles, ankles, feet, groin, and inner thigh. It opens the muscles of chest, shoulders, hips and spine.
Possible benefits of tree pose:
- May improve balance
- Relieves stress, calming
- Strengthens buttocks, thighs, calves ankles, and spine
- Relieves sciatic pain
- Stretches groin, thighs, shoulders and chest
To do the tree pose you will begin in the mountain pose that we learned yesterday standing with your legs shoulder-width apart and arms at your side.
Shift your weight to your left foot. Reach down with your right hand and lift your right foot up and place the sole against the inner thigh of your left leg above your knee with the heel as close to your groin area and your toes pointing to the floor. Turn the right knee slightly outward to open the right hip. Rest your hands on your hips parallel to the floor, left hip directly over your left foot to aid with balance. Press the sole of your right foot against your inner thigh. When you feel balanced, bring your hands together in front of your chest and focus on a fixed point on the floor a few feet in front of you.
Try to remain in the pose for 30 seconds to one minute. Then exhale and bring your right foot to the floor. Relax and repeat with the opposite foot.
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