Vrksasana - Tree Pose

vrksa = tree
asana = posture
The Tree Pose, or Vrksasana, is a pose aimed to perfect the balance and focus of the mind. In this pose, the lower body provides the support for the upper body as the body stands with grace and strength.
Benefits : Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles, and spine
Stretches the groins and inner thighs, chest and shoulders
Improves sense of balance
Relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet

People suffering with high blood pressure should take extra caution in doing this pose.
Note: You can stand with your back braced against a wall if you feel unsteady in this pose.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
Low blood pressure
High blood pressure: Don't raise arms overhead

How to do this asana:

From Tadasana, weight is shifted to one leg.The right knee is bent and the right foot placed on the left inner thigh.With the toes of the right foot pointing directly down, the left foot, center of the pelvis, shoulders and head are all vertically aligned and hands are typically held above the head.
Step 1: Stand in Tadasana.
Step 2: As you exhale, place your left foot on the inside part of your right leg, close to the groin area, with the toes pointing downward.
Sep 3: As you inhale, stretch your arms sideways to form a T, palms facing down.
Step 4: As you exhale, bring your palms together in prayer position.
Step 5: Raise your arms overhead, keeping your palms in prayer position. To maintain balance, it helps to focus your eyes on one point in front of you and keep on breathing through the belly.

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