Are you often finding it hard to stay focused and alert throughout the day?  Need a quick pick-me-up without the caffeine?

Just a few minutes of yoga each day can give you that instant energy boost that gets you through the day.

Tree Pose

This pose helps energy circulate throughout your body while opening your chest.

The tree pose also works to stretch your shoulders, torso and thighs while building strength in your calves and legs.  And when it comes to boosting your energy, the tree pose will do that and more, including improving your focus and concentration.

Here’s how to do this foundational pose:

Step 1: Begin by standing with your feet together, inner ankles and knees touching.

Step 2: Bring your hands together at the center of your chest.  Exhale deeply, focusing on the pose.

Step 3: Shift your weight onto your right foot, then bend your left knee and move it upwards. Keep your spine stretched, reach down and clasp your left ankle. Place the sole of your left foot on your inner right thigh.

Step 4:  Stand tall, keeping your focus on the wall in front of you in a straight line.

Step 5:  Press your left foot into your inner right thigh while pressing your right thigh into your foot to strength your core and improve your balance.

Step 6:  If you feel balanced, raise your arms above your head with your palms together. Breathe and hold for 5-8 breaths.

Step 7:  Release, slowing exhaling while bring your arms down. Release your legs.

Step 8: Repeat on the other side.

“Like a tree, extend your roots down and blossom your arms up towards the sun.  The stronger the roots, the taller the tree.” – Baron Baptiste

Tip: If you struggle with the tree pose, consider bringing your arms out to the sides for additional stability.

You can also use a wall to practice, placing one free hand on the wall for support.

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