Tree Pose

tree poses 1Place your right hand on a chair for balance. Stand tall with your second toes facing forward. Place the left foot on the right lower leg or inner thigh (avoid the knee joint). Press the foot into the leg and the leg into the foot. Ground down through the right foot. Imagine the inner anklebone lifting all the way to your pelvic floor. Secure the right thighbone into the hip socket (avoid locking the knee joint). Hug the thigh muscles to the bone. Draw the navel upward and inward and the low ribs inward. Lift the heart. Widen the collarbones and let the shoulder blades relax down your back. Let the crown of the head float upward. Keep your chin parallel to the floor. Gaze outward and downward. Focus on a smooth flow of breath. Left arm extends upward. Lighten the grip on your right hand or extend the right arm up. Refrain from letting the right hip collapse outward; draw everything from the periphery of the body inward. Let your inner source of power embody the pose. Feel yourself strong and rooted like the mighty oak. Let your branches open to the sky. Breathe in all the magnificence and allow every vein to fill with light. Smile in Happy Tree Pose.

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