Tree Pose

Tree Pose (Tadasana)

The best thing you can do to prevent injury is to balance on one leg.

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Pic by Bikram Yoga Vancouver

Tree Pose builds awareness, control and stability. It’s also a foreshadowing of postures yet to come, such as Padmasana (lotus pose).

Strengthens:
Abdominal muscles

Gluteal muscles

Postural (back) muscles
Stretches:
Hip joints

Lower back and spine

Groins and inner thighs

All beginning postures lead somewhere. Pic courtesy of BY Vancouver

All beginning postures lead somewhere. Pic courtesy of BY Vancouver

Benefits:
Builds balance.

Corrects bad posture.

Relieves lower back pain.

Good for circulatory problems, arthritis and rheumatism.

Relieves flat feet.

Helps with sciatica.

Increases mental focus.

Want to know more about the benefits of balancing on one leg?

Check out The First Twenty Minutes, by Gretchen Reynolds. Or listen to her interview on NPR.

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