The tree pose is a reminder of our connection to the earth, which
provides sustenance and nourishment to all living beings.
So much time is spent walking on the pavement and floors that the
link to the earth is weakened. The benefits of tree pose include
helping to improve posture, providing stability to the pelvis,
strengthening the ankles and legs, elongating the spine, and
improving flexibility of the muscles of the inner thigh while also
helping with centering and balance.
Standing erect, fix the eyes on a focal point ahead of you.
This pose also can also be performed while lying on the back
if it’s too difficult maintaining balance.
Carry the weight of the body on the right leg by tensing the
While inhaling, lift the left leg with the sole of the foot placed
on to the inner thigh or calf muscle of the standing leg.
Should the foot slip, support the ankle with one hand
The inner groin of the bent leg can be stretched by shifting
the knee out to the side and aligned with the hip, breathing
Once balanced, the hands can be clasped in Namaste in the
middle of the chest or the arms can be lifted above the head.
If holding onto the leg, the other hand can be lifted to the
middle of the chest or the open palm rested at the heart
Maintain for 8 – 10 breaths.
Bring the lifted leg back to the ground and lower the arms.
Do it again on the opposite side.
Strengthens the entire leg
Strengthens tendons and ligaments of the ankles and feet
Improves stability in the legs and balance
Helps to relieve sciatica