Tree tips

bikrammar11_144Toe stand is not an advanced posture, so if your knees and ankles are game
(aka injury free) give it a go. However, you are more then welcome to do a second set of tree if your body is saying no. Yoga is about listening to the feedback of your body, never pushing into pain, only you know what your body can and can’t do, but don’t ever let fear hold you back.

1 – Feet together, core engaged. Focus on one point roughly four feet in front of you on the floor. Keep focused on this spot as you bring your right foot up to the middle of your thigh or wherever feels comfortable today. Palms in front of your chest in prayer. If your foot slips only bring your right hand up.

2 – Eyes still focused on your one spot, hinge your upper body forward at the waist. Hang your arms down and keep bending forward until your 10 fingers

(well 8 fingers, 2 thumbs) are on the floor.  Do not bend your leg to get to this point. The only bend at this stage is at the waist.

3 – Once your fingers and hand are on the floor, move your weight forward into the hands. When the weight is in your hands then bend your knee, bringing your hips down until you are sat hovering above your heel.

4 – Walk your hands to the side of your body.

5 – Check your core is still firmly engaged, stretch your spine up to the ceiling, while keeping your balance with your finger tips of the floor
 by your side.

6 – If necessary drop your right knee, so that your knees are in one line parallel to the floor. Make sure you are still focused on the same spot on the floor in front of you.

bikram-yoga_17-8-2012_1507 – Now comes the extra tricky part:  slowly bring your left hand up in front of you. If you are still balanced bring the right hand up to meet it and lift your gaze to meet your own eyes in the mirror to see how amazing your posture looks. The trick to balancing here is your core. Keep it engaged. Breathe.

8 – Change by reversing out the same way you came in, by putting your hands on the floor, transferring your weight back into your hands and pushing up to join tree.

p.s. even teachers wobble sometimes,
but remember you can’t succeed if you don’t try.

PADANGUSTASANA
toe stand

Benefits:

Creates balance and focus in body and mind.
Strengthens stomach muscles.
Strengthens joints (hips, knees, ankles and toes).
Helps relieve arthritis in hips and all leg joints.
Good for circulatory problems, arthritis and rheumatism.

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