Tree-Vrikshasana : The Tree pose, Vrikshasana (Vriksha = Tree), is an excellente balancing posture. Quite simple from an anatomical standpoint, it does require a great concentration.
- From a standing posture, focus on one point in front of you and remain focused on it the whole time.
- Put your right foot inside your thigh or in half lotus.
- Slowly bring the palm of your hands together in the center of your chest.
- Lift and straighten your legs above your head, palms together, biceps touching the ears.
- Imagine that the supporting leg is literally rooted to the ground, just like a tree.
- Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and change side.
To make it more difficult, you can close the eyes in the posture.
- Strengthen the arch of foot, thighs, calves.
- Stretches back and trapezes muscles.
- Develops concentration and self confidence.
- Improves general equilibrium through stimulation of neuronal connections responsible for balancing (cerebellum).
- Ankle pain