As a classical yoga pose, the tree pose helps improve concentration, balance and strength. This pose allows you to understand that you can aim high, expand yourself but with your feet, that are your also roots, kept in the ground.
First of all, some preparatory exercises. You are standing on the yoga mat, begin to rotate the shoulders, breathe. Then change the direction of rotation.
Put your arms up above the head and move them like the branches of a tree. Remember to breathe. This exercise helps make the torso more flexible and stretch the muscles.
Now it is ankles’ time. Your weight is on the left leg, the right foot is on tiptoe. Bring now the weight on the right leg, the left foot is on tiptoe. Keep on doing this exercises like a walking in place.
Let’s practice with the tree pose. The weight is on the right leg, the left foot is on tiptoe and the left heel leans on the right ankle. Put your arms up above your head, hands in prayer, relax the muscles of arms and shoulders then, by inhaling, stretch the arms towards the ceiling. Stay in this pose, breathe. Then change support foot.
Let’s make the pose a bit harder. The weight is on the right leg, the left foot is on tiptoe and the heel leans on the right ankle. Put your arms up at the chest height, hands in prayer. Lift the left foot along the right leg until the thigh. Stay in this pose, breathe, then change support foot.
After these poses that activated the arms and shoulders we should relieve the muscles. Start rotating the torso, the head follows the movements and the arms are free to rotate together with the body, they can hit the back and do, in this way, a massage.
End with the mountain pose, you are standing on the yoga mat, arms at your side and eyes closed, breathe. The energy flows in your body even if you are static, like a mountain. Nothing can distract you form this pose.