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Yoga Foundations: Tree Pose

If you’re feeling anxious or unsettled, tree is a great pose to ground and create balance within the body. Tree pose also strengthens the ligaments and tendons in the feet, improves stability in the legs and tones the entire standing leg and butt muscles. Lastly, this pose strengthens the bones. 

How to Perform Tree Pose 

Stand tall with your arms relaxed at your sides and your legs shoulder width apart. Spread the toes and distribute the weight evenly throughout the feet. Look straight ahead in front of you. Take a few cleansing deep breaths. 

Inhale, lift the right foot and place the bottom of the against the left shin or high up on the inner left thigh. Bring the palms of the hands together into the center of the chest or lift the arms over the head with the palms facing each other.  

Hold the pose. Keep the hips square and facing forward while squeezing the butt muscles. Lift the chest as you breathe deeply. Find your balance. 

Exhale and return the right foot to the floor. Repeat the sequence on the other leg. 

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