Tree Pose and Cobra Pose

This week the two poses I chose to look into were the Tree pose and Cobra pose. I enjoy doing both these poses in my yoga but I never knew what benefits they gave your body.

Starting with Tree pose which is also known as vrksasana is a standing pose on one leg which I knew improved your balance because I felt that when I practiced it. Some other benefits I found were that it strengthens your thighs, calves, ankles and spine while stretching your groins, inner thighs, chest and shoulders! Talk about a stretch of all trades. This pose is also known to help reduce flat feet which for some people might be a huge positive.  The steps to tree pose are:

Steps: 

  1. Stand with your feet slightly apart to have a grounded stance 
  2. Shift your weight slightly onto your left foot and bend your right knee
  3. Starting out with this pose, you can reach down and grab your right ankle or if your balance is good lift it up and place the sole against your inner left thigh 
  4. Rest your hands on either your hips, or put them into prayer hand mid chest height 
  5. Lengthen your tailbone 
  6. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to one minute

The next pose is Cobra, I love this pose after I come out of downward dog, into a high plank then coming into a cobra pose. This pose has a crazy amount of benefits to it as well! Some being it stretches the muscles in the shoulders, chest, abdominals and lungs while it strengthens the spine. This pose also firms the buttocks which can be a great bonus for those who want to workout! This pose is known to help relieve stress and fatigue while opening the heart. If you have asthma this pose is very therapeutic for it. The steps to do this pose are:

Steps: 

  1. Lie with your stomach on your mat and your arms out in front of you
  2. Stretch your legs back, tops of the feet on the floor and your arms under your shoulders on the floor
  3. Hug your elbow towards your body 
  4. Press on the tops of your feet and thigh into the floor
  5. On your inhale using your arms push your chest off the floor to a height that still has tour legs grounded and is comfortable 
  6. Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds 

 

resources used:

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/tree-pose

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/cobra-pose

 

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