Tree Style Yoga
Edited by Saira, Eng, Eulalee, Charmed
This is a classic meditation pose. Those who have tried it say that it is a good way to focus the mind. Mastering it will make you feel like a real Yogi. It also improves your balance and posture and evenly distributes your body weight between toes and heels.
- 1Remember to stay focused as this will help you maintain your balance throughout the exercise.Stand upright and focus your eyes on a fixed spot in front of you.
- 2Make sure that you are depending on your entire foot area as balancing on your heel or toes will make you lose your balance.Shift your weight to your right foot.
- 3You may use your hands to help yourself assume this position.Now place the sole of your left foot on the inside of your right knee.
- 4You may need to hold a chair to keep this position.Allow the left knee to relax, it should not stick out at right angles to the body.
- 5Take a deep breath, close your eyes and feel your body balancing itself on one leg. It actually might help to think of yourself as a tree, rooted to the earth. Many reported that this mental imaging made them feel surprisingly secure.Now bring the palms of your hands together at chest height.
- 6Then place the left foot back to the floor.Hold your position as long as you feel comfortable.
- 7Repeat this exercise three times for each leg.Repeat the process for the other leg.
- 8Once you master the above exercise, try placing your left foot as high up on your thigh as possible.
- 9Raise your arm above your head, stretched to their fullest extent and bring the palms together.Again allow the knee to slope down naturally.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- At the beginning of practicing this pose, you might need to use a chair to support yourself.
- Enjoy the stretch and relax. If you think too much about losing your balance it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- If you feel too worried about it, you will fall, since your muscles will be tense and the soothing effect of the exercise will not be achieved.
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Recent edits by: Eulalee, Eng, Saira