Quote of The Day: Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves.
~ Tasneem Hameed
This post is about one of the most basic asanas in yoga: Vriksasana.
Or more commonly known as tree pose.
In the video below (which you should watch for funsies) I will demonstrate how to do the tree pose correctly. But there's a little more to it than it looks. While I'm sure most people know how to do it correctly, I want to emphasize that placing the foot directly on your opposite knee may be damaging for our knees.
Now...I've been instructed to never place my foot on my standing knee because the laterally oriented force could damage the knee...over an extended period of time. Of course, there's also a theory that your knee tissues will gain strength and adapt to this force, but that completely depends on how your body functions.
At the end of the day, the whole point of lifting your foot up in tree pose is to work on your balance and strength so that ultimately...you wouldn't even need to place your foot on your opposing knee. Try to get that foot up your opposing inner thigh as possible. And remember, relieve the stress from your knees and bring it towards your crotch. It can handle it better. KNEE TO CROTCH! KNEE TO CROTCH!!!
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weeeeeeekend!