I can’t believe we are already in the last week of National Yoga Month. This month has absolutely flown by for me, yoga poses excluded, but I have to admit that my practice has grown quite a bit in the last month. I’ve tried new classes, new poses, and really focused my practice on growth – in all ways.
With only a couple more days left to focus on specific poses, I thought I would take today, to focus on another pose that is great for our balance – tree pose.
Over the summer, my local studio did a ‘yoga in the orchard’ class where we went to a local apple orchard, practiced yoga and then drank some hard cider. The cliche blogger thing to do after was take some pictures, so my friend Mindy and I made our way down one of the rows for a quick photo shoot. One of the poses of choice was tree pose; it only seemed fitting.
What I love most about tree pose is the opportunity to really ground down and feel the earth beneath your feet; if you don’t, you lose balance and will find yourself reaching for the floor as you brace the fall.
So what are some of the benefits of tree pose?
- Improves balance
- Calms and relieves stress
- Strengthens butt, thighs and calves
- Stretches groin and inner thighs
- Relieves sciatica
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How do you feel about this powerful pose?