Benefits: improves balance; strengthens thighs, calves, and ankles; stretches legs and chest; develops concentration

  1. Begin in mountain pose.
  2. To help with balance, extend arms out to either side.
  3. Lift your right foot, turning your knee out; place your foot above or below your left knee, depending on your comfort level.
  4. Press your hands together, in salutation seal.
  5. Raise arms overhead, and look up to your hands.
  6. Return hands to your chest, and lower your right leg.
  7. Repeat with left leg.
Tree Pose (Vriksasana)