#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 7

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction. 

 

Week 7: Vrksasana/Tree Pose

 

Benefits:

Enhances balance.

Tones the legs.

 Improves your posture and elongates your spine.

 Opens the groin.

 

Foundation & General Alignment:

On one foot, weight is evenly balanced.

Your standing leg is fully engaged, make sure you don't “lock” your knee.

Lifted foot is placed well above your knee.

Pelvis is balanced and neutral.

Many different arm variations.

 

Common Problems:

Rolling in or out on standing foot, ankle will collapse.

Hyperextension (locking) of the standing knee.

Lifted foot placed at the inner knee.

Hips not level to the earth.

 

Modifications:

Place foot on top of other foot with knee turned out 45 degrees.

Variations: arms up or at hearts center.

 

Do not engage if you have balancing problems or tend to hyperextend the knee. If you do hyperextend you can always keep a slight bend in the knee.

 

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