Ground yourself and reach up for the sky
This very grounding posture is one of my absolute favorite.
With the summer season finally here, this asana is very powerful when practiced outside.Whether in forest, or in one of Montreal’s many parks, ground yourself and reach up for the sky!
Vriksasana – Tree Pose
-Bend the right knee shifting all the weight into the left leg. Open the right knee to the side pressing the foot onto the standing leg engaging both legs completely.
-Gaze up at a drishti (focus point) this will help bring balance and stability during this posture while bringing awareness inward.
-Bring the palms together in Namaskar Mudra (prayer position) in front of the heart.
-Keep the chest open and shoulders away from the ears
-Find balance and bring the arms up to the sky. There are many variations when reaching up overhead. The arms can be in an H position, or V position. You can also interlace the fingers with the index finger pointed up. Choose the variation that is most comfortable for you. Remember to keep the shoulders down to avoid creating tension in the neck
-Breathe and hold for 5-10 breaths.
-Slowly exhale the arms down, point the bent knee to the front before releasing the leg
-Repeat on the other side.
There are 3 variations to this pose. You can bring the right foot to the inside of the left ankle, calf or upper inner thigh. Make sure to avoid putting weight on the knee. Don’t forget to do the same variation of the left side to balance the body
-Helps develop focus, memory and concentration.
-Strengthens the ankles and knees.
-Helps relieve symptoms of sciatica.
Chronic pain or recent injury of knee or hip.
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