Tree pose in yoga is a standing balance hip opening pose on one leg. Tree can be challenging for any level of practitioner. I for instance, am more comfortable up side down in headstand, handstand, forearm stand, and in crazy deep back bends, than I am standing on one leg. This goes to show how different we all are and how every individual’s yoga practice is a unique experience.

In this video, I instruct you how to assume tree pose from beginning to end. The most basic modified form of tree is done with two limbs on the ground (one hip turns out and you balance on the big toe of that leg) or even three (one hand is on a wall). We all topple over in tree even as advanced yogis, so please do not be discouraged if you too are blown over at some point and especially if you are just learning this pose. Always remember that physical yoga reflects what is going on inside of you.

Tree pose has many benefits:

Standing Leg

  • Aligns and strengthens bones and joints.
  • Strengthens both large and small muscles of the leg including calf, hamstring, quadriceps, hip flexor and gluteus amongst many others.
  • Helps to fine tune muscles of the feet.
  • Heightens mind body awareness and connection.

Raised Leg

  • Enhances knee flexion.
  • Strengthens muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the leg and hip.
  • Enhances external rotation of the hip joint.
  • Allows for proper alignment of the hip in various planes (i.e. both height and front to back).

Tree pose can also be beneficial if you suffer from certain diseases, which throw off balance and motor control as symptoms of your illness. It is also a yoga pose you can do if you are suffering from upper body injuries as long as you are working carefully and with guidance and awareness.