Sometimes when I notice that I have been sitting too much time in front of my computer, working nonstop without taking a break, I get up and make myself a cup of tea. When I return to my desk, just before I sit down and start working again I take a few breaths in the Tadasana Pose. I wanted to add something to my routine so I checked what is the tree pose, and it turns out that it’s a great standing pose that strengthens the spine and improves balance and I can do it quite well.
According to Harvard Medical School having a good poster is very important to your health and is very easy to achieve with simple exercises, this is one of the reasons I would like to tell you what is the tree pose and how you can benefit from this simple posture.
The “core muscles” of the back, side, pelvis, and buttocks form a sturdy central link between your upper and lower body. Weak core muscles encourage slumping, which tips your body forward and thus off balance. Strong lower leg muscles also help keep you steady when standing
The tree pose in Sanskrit is Vriksasana which is made of two words ‘vriksa’ meaning tree and ‘asana’ meaning posture. This is a great balance exercise and it is totally fine to fall out of this posture, it takes the time to get to know your balance point but once you do it feels great.
- Start in the Tadasana Pose (press the link for information on how to stand in this pose).
- Shift your weight to your right leg (it doesn’t matter which one).
- Lift your left leg and while bending your knee.
- Place your left foot on your inner right thigh as high as you can. (If this is too difficult then you can lower the left foot until it becomes comfortable).
- DO NOT PLACE FOOT ON KNEE. Place the foot above or below the knee.
- Bring your palms together in front of your heart (hands-folded position or Namaste mudra). Or you can lift your arms above your head.
- Look straight ahead, find a spot and keep a steady gaze.
- Keep your spine straight.
- BREATH and SMILE 🙂
- Stay in this posture for 30-60 second while breathing deeply and relaxing the body.
- Gently release the left leg and stand again in the Tadasana pose.
- Repeat now standing on the left leg and raising the right foot to your inner thigh.
You can check out this explanation by Adriene:
- If you find it hard to balance, you can use a wall to support you, or lean your back completely on the wall to gain more support.
- You can put your foot on your ankle or inner calf, and as you practice you can lift you lifted let higher on your standing leg.
- It’s OK to fall! I sometimes get out of balance and is totally fine, I just start over and find my spot again.
I think it’s important to listen to your body and find out the best standing position for you. Please don’t try to go ‘all the way’ on your first try, begin easily with your lifted knee on your ankle and slowly lift it until you feel steady and comfortable. Remember that yoga isn’t about trying to be as flexible as you can, it’s about respecting your body and doing the poses with ease and enjoy the stretch.
I Used To Do This Pose Without Even Knowing
I used to do this pose a lot when I was a child without even knowing that I was doing a yoga posture, I would do the dishes while leaning one the leg on the other or when I was talking to someone I would find myself standing in this pose. It’s kind of funny when I remember it now, I didn’t even know what yoga was yet I would do Tree Pose all the time. I wonder how much other yoga poses I had done without even noticing.
The Tree Pose is known for its help in improving balance, concentration, strengthening the ankles and calming the mind. I find that when I’m in this posture and concentrating on my breath I feel very calm and relaxed but in the same time very much engaged as my whole body is working on my posture and balance.
I recommend you try this posture out, it won’t take you more than a minute for each leg. 😉
I Would love to hear from you if you have tried the Tree Pose before and if you found it easy or difficult? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.