The tree posture Vrikshasana

The Sanskrit word vriksha (pronounced vrik-shah) means "tree." The tree posture improves overall balance, stability, and poise. It strengthens your legs, arms, and shoulders, and opens your hips and groin. Like the other one-legged balancing poses, it also enhances focus and concentration and produces a calming effect on your body and mind. Here's how it works:

1. Stand in the mountain posture (covered in Chapter 7).

2. As you exhale, bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot, toes pointing down, on the inside of your left leg between your knee and your groin.

3. As you inhale, bring your arms over your head and join your palms together.

4. Soften your arms and focus on a spot 6 to 8 feet in front of you on the floor as shown in Figure 8-3.

5. Stay in Step 4 for 6 to 8 breaths and then repeat with the opposite leg.

Note: In the classic (traditionally taught) version of this posture, the arms are straight and the chin rests on the chest.

Figure 8-3:

Focus on a spot 6 to 8 feet in front of you; concentrate and breathe slowly.

Figure 8-3:

Focus on a spot 6 to 8 feet in front of you; concentrate and breathe slowly.

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