Tree Pose, Vrikshasana, is one of many standing poses. This pose helps to improve both your mental and physical steadiness and poise. It improves concentration and focus while calming you mind. Achieving this pose during a yoga practice is great and makes you feel on top of the world, but even better is when it helps your everyday life. Tree pose is the standing variation of a seated meditative pose. The balancing on one foot while keeping calm and focused, gives you a sense of being just like a tree swaying gently yet steady no matter what is going on around you.
As you stand strong and steady in tree pose you are able to stretch your thighs, groin (depending on where you place your foot), torso, and shoulders. This pose builds strength in your calves and ankles while also toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles. Tree pose has also been known to improve flat foot and be therapeutic for sciatica. Regular practice of Tree pose will improve your focus and you will be able to concentrate in all areas of your life. It gives you the ability to move with grace and ease when approaching any circumstance.
To successfully do tree pose, you want to start in mountain pose with your arms at your side. Center you mind and distribute your weight evenly through both feet. Begin to ground yourself starting at you ankles. Shift your weight to you left foot and begin to bend your right knee (face it outward). Depending on where you are in your yoga practice will depend on where you place your right foot alongside your left leg. If you are a beginner you want to put your right foot just above your ankle. If you are more advanced you want to place in your inner upper thigh alongside your left leg. No matter where you place your right foot, DO NOT place it on your knee. Then you want to place your hands on your hips and being to lengthen your tailbone towards the floor. Place your hands in prayer pose in front of your chest allowing your thumbs to rest on your chest. Bring your gaze gently to a fix spot in front of you (this is very important to help keep your mind clear and your balance in tack). Draw down through your left food while pressing your right foot into your left leg. As you continue to breath, begin to bring your arms over your head reaching your fingertips to the sky, rotate your palms inward to face each other. If you like you can bring your hands together in prayer pose over your head. Hold this pose for about a minute, continue to focus on the spot you picked and your breath. To release, transition back into mountain pose. Repeat on the opposite side.