How to do Tree Pose Properly (Vrksasana)

How to do Tree Pose Properly (Vrksasana)


(soft music) – Hi I’m Lisa Sanson. I teach yoga at YYOGA. I teach all styles there. Today I’d like to do a little
demo on tree pose Vrksasana. So, put your hands on your hips and an important part of this pose is to try to keep your hips leveled. Try not to turn your hips
off to one side or the other and we’re going to shift the
weight into your left foot. Pick up your right heel and
turn your right knee open so we’re opening up your
right hip a little bit here stabilized through your left leg. So you notice when I say stabilized like my hip can stick out
to the side sometimes, and if I push down into the
floor through my left foot, my left hip firms and pulls inwards. Now, take your right foot inside of your left your left leg somewhere. Starting place can be
to tap your toes down and your foots near your ankle. Maybe you slide your
foot up unto your shin. Maybe you can bring your
foot above your knee and up into your inner thigh, so try not to rest your foot on your knee. It could just put a little extra pressure on your knee joint. Now, I really have to
stabilize here I root down. What can help here with balance.. Let me bring my palms to my chest, pull me into my center, and then a drishti point
so that’s my focal point. I look at something in
particular: something like I’m gonna look down there’s a spot on the leg of the camera there. I’m lookin down there… That’s my drishti point. I’m focusing. Now grow out of your waist,
lengthen the sites of your waist and reach your arms up and get more space. So we’ve got the strength
and the groundedness down through your standing legs… Some length and some space
up through your torso. You can feel the energy if you breathe all the way up to your fingertips. Keep my drishti, my focus, and it becomes really
meditative and really grounded. Let’s bring your palms
back down through center to help center yourself. Bring your right knee out in front, and place your foot down. We’re gonna switch sides. So, hands to your hips
and shift your weight over to your left your right foot. Root through your right foot like feel feel your big toe mound root down, and then we’ll turn your left knee open, turning your left hip
externally rotating it, and place your foot on your inner leg above or below your knee somewhere. There we go I’m gonna try to
go for the upper thigh again. Let’s see how that works. Sometimes it can help to press your foot and your thigh into each other, kind of does that firming
and lifting and grounding. Palms come to your heart and
to find my drishti point again just down a little bit
on that speck of tape. Yeah, and then breathe. (groans) See sometimes trees tip
over and that’s okay. Stand back up tall, reach up tall. (sighs) Can’t think about much else other than just tree pose when you’re in it. That’s what helps make it so meditative. Firm your standing leg, bring
your left leg out in front, and place your foot down. You know, it’s just finding
a balance of the stability and the ease and that
can really help the pose become a little more a
little more alive I guess. Thanks for tuning in. That was Vrksasana tree
pose, and I’m Lisa. I teach yoga for YYOGA.