The stress of everyday life does tend to take a toll on all of us, reducing the amount we are able to focus and generally making us more irritable. If you are looking for that one way to help you concentrate again, here is a yoga pose for you Vrksasana or the tree pose.
Vrksasana is great for the muscles of your stomach and abdomen. Apart from helping your core become stronger, it tones the muscles of the thighs and arms and helps your mind focus and relax.
Steps to do this pose: Stand with your legs together. Now put most of your weight on one leg and a little weight on the other leg. Now raise the leg with the least weight such that your foot is facing inwards, towards your opposite knee. You can hold your ankle to help you pull up the leg. Place the heel of your foot on your inner thigh of the other leg, as close to the pelvis as possible. Now gently raise your hands above your head making sure your fingers are pointing towards the ceiling. Make sure you focus your mind and try to maintain your balance. Breathing steadily and focusing on one spot in front of your eyes helps in maintaining the pose and not falling over. In yoga, it is believed that an unsteady mind leads to an unsteady body. So the more you can control your mind the better you can do this pose. Do not try to hold a chair or wall for support while doing this pose. It will only reduce the intensity of the aasana. Keep trying till you can get it just right.
Tip: If you have injured your knee or back please do this aasana under the supervision of a trained expert.
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