Balancing poses are certainly some of my most favorite poses to practice and the benefits a tremendous. Today we will discuss the benefits of Vrksasana, tree pose.
This pose is great for:
- Sciatica pain relief
- Improved balance
- Strengthening of the thighs, ankles, spine and calves
- Stretching of the groin and inner thighs
When practicing this pose, rest your foot anywhere on the leg you feel comfortable, with the exception of your knee. Resting your foot on your knee puts too much pressure on this joint and can be the cause of injury. Firmly press the sole of your foot into the opposing leg, while keeping the opposing leg strong against the foot.
Like any pose, it is easier to begin in a variation that provides support until you feel comfortable in the pose. This can be achieved by practicing the pose with your back to a wall for support. Be sure to find your Drishti point, use it to assist your balance and presence.
As you become more balanced, try moving away from the wall, perhaps taking the arms above the head. For a more advance practice, try closing the eyes while maintaining your balance in the posture.
If you have a specific pose you are interested in, please let me know! How do you feel about vrksasana? Do you love it as much as I do, or is it a current struggle for you? Have you tried a variation? Remember to be patient with your body and to thank it for everything it does for you. What will you practice today?
Namaste yogis 🙂