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MERMAID YOGA: TREE POSE (VRKSASANA)

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WITH LAURA GONZALES

Laura is a qualified Yoga teacher, read more about her in her profile.


 

TREE POSE (VRKSASANA)

HOW TO GET INTO THE POSE:

From standing, firm through your left leg and bring the right sole of your foot to your ankle, calf, or inner thigh (as pictured) with toes pointing towards the ground.

Avoid placing your foot on your knee. Find a balance of engaging through your standing leg and a gentle pressing of your raised foot into your leg as you turn your right knee out to the right.

As with all balancing poses, resting your gaze in one place  on the floor in front of you will help you keep your balance.

Engage through your core, bring your pelvis into a neutral position, and feel your spine lengthening as your palms join at heart centre. Relax your shoulders away from your ears and imagine the crown of your head floating up towards the sky as you root down through your standing foot.

Stay here for several breaths, if you are balanced and stable here you can come into a arm variation on an inhale-raising arms overhead with palms facing in.

Send energy out through your fingers but be sure your shoulders aren’t rising up to your ears.

Stay for several breaths and come out of the pose the same way you came in (if arms are raised bring hands to prayer at hearts centre before lowering arms) and switch to the other side.

BENEFITS:

Tree Pose increases balance, focus, and concentration while strengthening ankles, calves, and thighs. It also stretches the inner thighs and groins.


DISCLAIMER * Please be advised that The Mermaid Society provides Yoga poses as a story of interest. Should you chose to try a pose or activity you do so at your own risk and The Mermaid Society takes no responsibility for injury sustained by or from you participating in the activity. If you are not sure whether you should participate in an activity please check with your local General Practitioner GP. 

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