NaMo's yoga pose of the day - Vrikshasana or the tree pose

PM Narendra Modi, who is already taking the world by storm with his work, has begun educating the word on Yoga -- its importance and the many benefits it has. He will be sharing an asana each day and today's pose is Vrikshasana

Narendra Modi tweeted: For improved neuromuscular coordination, balance & rejuvenated ligaments, do practice Vrikshasana.

Steps to do this pose:

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  • Stand with your legs together.
  • Now put most of your weight on one leg and a little weight on the other leg.
  • 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 asana. Keep trying till you can get it just right.

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