Day 3: Tree Pose
Today's pose is perfect if your mind is filled with all of the tasks left on your to-do list. You simply can't focus on anything but balancing in this pose! It's a great way to clear your mind and take your attention inward for a moment.
Remember, always practice within a pain free range and honor what your body is capable of. Modify the pose if necessary, and most of all-enjoy!
Begin by standing on a *firm surface in Mountain Pose (standing tall with sides of your feet touching), arms relaxed at your sides. Distribute your weight equally across both feet, grounding down equally through all four corners of your feet (big and little toe sides and both sides of heels).
Shift your weight to your left foot. Bend your right knee, then reach down and clasp your right inner ankle. Use your hand to draw your right foot into your inner left thigh, calf or ankle. Do not place your foot against your knee! Only rest the foot above or below the knee. Adjust your hips so they are aligned. Stand tall, spine straight.
Press your palms together in prayer position at your chest. Fix your gaze on one, unmoving point in front of you.
Option to extend your arms overhead, reaching your fingertips to the sky. If you wish, you can press your palms together in prayer position, overhead.
Hold for up to one minute. To release the pose, step back into Mountain Pose. Repeat for the same amount of time on the other side.
*Carpeted surfaces are not recommended for this pose.
**Beginners can practice this pose near a wall for added stability or support.
Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles, feet and abdomen
Stretches the inner thighs, chest and shoulders
Improves sense of balance
May help relieve sciatica
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!