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Stretch of the Week – Tree Pose

Target Benefits – Promotes good posture, balance and coordination. Strengthens the leg muscles and provides a good stretch to your sides and opens up your hips.

Tree Pose - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Stand up straight, and then placing your weight on your right foot, balance and lift your left foot off the floor. Bend your left knee, and helping with your hand, place the foot against the opposite thigh with the knee pointing outwards sideways. Focus on a spot in front of you, then bring your hands together into prayer position finding your balance. Slowly raise your arms above your head, keeping the hands together, with arms alongside your ears and elbows straight.

Breathing slow and gently, hold the balance for up to a minute or two, then release and repeat balancing on the other leg.

Points to note:

– Body should be straight, not leaning.

– Standing knee should be straight.

– Keep your eyes focused on a spot in front of you.