Tree pose is an intermediate hip-opening balance pose that improves proprioception, coordination, posture, focus, and concentration.
- Improves balance and coordination.
- Strengthens the feet, ankles, legs, hips and core.
- Opens up the hips.
- Improves posture.
- Enhances focus and concentration.
- First, set your foundation. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead. Distribute your weight evenly—trying not to let your feet roll in or out.
- Shift your weight into your left foot and place the sole of your right foot as high as you can on your left inner thigh, toes pointing straight down. It is crucial that your foot rests above or below and not on your knee, as your knee is not designed to bend laterally.
- As you press down evenly through all 4 corners of your left foot, lift up from the arch all the way up to your groin.
- Then press your left thigh towards the sole of your right foot as you lift up through the crown of your head, to stabilise your hips.
- On an inhalation, sweep your arms out and up overhead and reach up through your fingertips. Exhale, relax your shoulders away from your ears. You can bring the palms of your hands together or keep them shoulder-width apart.
- Check that your hips point straight ahead.
- Look straight ahead at a point that isn’t moving to help with your balance.
- Press your left foot firmly into the mat, engage your core and relax the muscles in your face.
- Hold still for 5-10 deep breaths, in and out through the nose, before switching sides.
- In the beginning, if you can’t bring your foot all the way up to your inner thigh, you can rest it on the inside of your ankle or lower leg.
VARIATION: Eagle Tree
VARIATION: Bending Tree
- Play around with different variations of Tree pose to improve your balance and concentration skills.
- Avoid this pose if you have a foot, knee or hip injury.
MASTER THE POSE