T.G.I.F. love! Today I wanted to help you look like a pro when you post your favorite yoga pose to Instagram. In the past year, I have scrolled through instagram and ran across multiple acquaintances or friends doing a cute yoga pose on top of a wine field, on a hike, or some other fun place. Unfortunately, most were missing a key detail of this pose. Since tree pose, or Vrksasana in Sanskrit, is a well-known pose. In fact, it was the only yoga pose I remember knowing before I really knew what yoga was. I am definitely guilty of posting bad yoga poses to social media!
Tree Pose is the asana (physical posture) that pose I see most often butchered on Instagram. Most people stick and press their lifted foot right into their kneecap and it makes me cringe! I have weak knees and am big on alignment, so maybe that is why I am particular about this detail. In fact, I remember feeling appalled when I saw a Wendy’s commercial of women practicing yoga and nearly all of them had their foot on their knee.
Tree pose improves balance, coordination, and stability. It helps me find the calm during struggle by keeping my hands at heart center, and practicing the pose helps me focus. I have also read that it reduces flat feet and relieves sciatic pain. Scroll down to learn exactly how to do tree pose:
Bonus: Try one of these different arm variations: Goal post your arms, grow your ‘branches’ or arms toward the sky, grab opposite elbows behind your back, clasp your hands behind your back, locking your elbows,
Challenge #3: Close your eyes and see how long you can balance.
Challenge #2: Try toppled tree pose: Rest your left hand on your left knee, raise your right hand to the sky, leaning over your head to the left. Lean your torso toward your left and lifted knee to stretch your entire right side body.
Be sure to make sure to even out your body by doing the same on your left side. Favoring one side can cause injury over time. Congratulations you are an expert in tree pose!