Tree pose can help improve your balance, and it strengthens your thighs, calves, ankles and spine. It's also good for stretching the inner thighs, chest and shoulders. Plus it can relieve sciatica, as well as reduce negative effects of flat feet.
While there are a number of physical benefits, Tree Pose also improves concentration. As a student, you can immediately notice how your balance improves when you focus your eyes on a single point (Drishti). If your eyes or your mind are wandering, chances are you won't be able to balance.
Yet falling is how we learn and grow. Truthfully, it's inevitable that as you try harder variations, you may wobble or lose balance. The good news is that trees are made to sway in the wind. So if you fall, you just try again. You learn how to observe your balance without judging your performance. Falling is part of the experience.
If this variation is too challenging, try placing your foot on the calf instead of the
thigh. Or keep your toes on the floor and just place the heel above
your ankle. When you’re ready, lower your foot back down with control. Try the other side without judgment. It might be different than the first side, and that's OK. Remember, don't judge yourself. Just be willing to try and try again.
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