Tree Pose strengthens your legs and spine while stretching your inner thighs, chest and shoulders. It improves balance, relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet.
HOW TO DO IT:
Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), with big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Shift your weight slightly onto the right foot, keeping your inner foot firmly on the floor. Bend your left knee, reach down with your left hand and grab ahold your left ankle. Draw the left foot up your leg, placing the sole of your foot flat against the inner right thigh as high up the leg as possible. Your toes should be pointing toward the floor. If you feel unsteady in this pose, you can stand with your back against a wall. Your pelvis should be directly over your right foot. Tilt it forward as you lengthen your tailbone toward the floor. Bring your hands together in front of your chest in prayer (Anjali Mudra). Open your shoulders and breathe. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Return to Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and repeat the exercise on the other side. Remember to breathe.