How to do Tree Pose Left

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulders

Instructions

From a standing position, pull your belly button to your spine for core activation. Press your feet down into the floor and tuck your coccyx (tailbone) slightly to your chest to feel length in your lower back. Take your palms together at your chest. Take all your weight into the left leg and lift your right knee to your chest. Take the right knee out to the side and place the right foot on your right thigh pressing the foot into the thigh and the thigh into the foot. Raise your arms overhead. Feel a continual lift of the hands, the head and the chest towards the sky. Hold for a few breaths. Bring your hands back to your chest and release the right foot from thigh and place back to the floor.

A common mistake is to not active your muscles. Instead, press your hands together, press your feet into the floor, press the foot of the bent knee into the thigh and activate your core.

How to make Tree Pose Left easier

Instead of taking the foot to the thigh, take the foot to the calf instead. Do not put the foot on the side of the knee.

How to make Tree Pose Left more challenging

Try closing your eyes to challenge your balance. Over time increasing the time you keep your eyes shut for.

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