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Tree Pose

Vriksasana

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Benefits

Improves balance; strengthens thighs, calves, and ankles; stretches legs and chest; develops concentration.

Step 1

Begin in Mountain Pose.

Step 2

To help with balance, extend your arms out to either side.

Step 3

Bend one knee to the side, and set your toes on the floor and your heel against your ankle.

Step 4

Lift your hands up to the sky.

Step 5

Hold this pose for a couple of breaths, then lower your arms and stand on both legs.

Step 6

Repeat on your opposite side.

Tip

As your balance increases and you are ready for a challenge, try placing your foot higher on your leg, being careful to avoid pressing it against your knee.

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