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This pose brings flexibility to the ankles, knees, and hips, and opens the heart — improving your balance, concentration, and posture. Half Lotus Tree pose also strengthens your core, especially your oblique muscles in the abs. It also regulates the central nervous and lymphatic systems, releasing any blockages and pathways in your body which brings a clear, calm and peaceful mind.
- Start from standing at the top of your mat and firmly root the 4 corners of your left foot, your big toe, pinky toe and both sides of your heels.
- Lift your right foot off the ground. With your left hand, bring your right ankle to the left side of your hips.
- Now bring your right arm behind you bending at the elbow, right hand holds the inside of the left elbow.
- Make sure your form is strong by lifting the knee cap of the standing leg and engaging the glutes. Draw the shoulders down and back, lifting and opening the chest and elongating the spine.
- Breathe it in here for at least 5 deep breaths. Try staying here for a minute. Maybe closing the eyes to bring in more inner awareness.
- When you’re ready, let the right foot go and rotate the left ankle to shake off any tension. Repeat steps one through five on the other side!
In order to fully gain the benefits of Half Lotus Tree Pose, it’s important to keep your mind calm while maintaining alignment. Here are a couple of tips to help you in the pose:
- Take your time. As with any balancing pose, it’s often easier to come into the pose slowly and with awareness. If you enter the pose too quickly, you are more likely to lose your balance and it’s more difficult to re-gain your balance once it’s been lost.
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana) provides the structural foundation for Half Lotus Tree Pose. Thoroughly review the instructions for Mountain Pose before practicing this pose.
- Work the pose from the ground up. Balance your weight evenly across your standing foot. Then, find balance and strength in the shin, calf, and thigh of your standing leg. Find alignment in your hips, tailbone, pelvis, and belly; and then in your collarbones, shoulder blades, arms, and neck.
- Extend the pose through the crown of your head. Imagine that you’re trying to touch the ceiling with your skull.
- Do not keep the raised foot in place by sticking out your buttocks. Instead, tuck your tailbone and maintain alignment through your spine.
- To help with balancing, bring your awareness to the center line of your body — the vertical line that runs directly through the center of your head, neck, and torso.
- Regularly practicing Half Lotus Tree Pose will tone your abdominal muscles, but weaker muscles can make it difficult to balance. Add extra core-strengthening work into your practice to help with balancing (and with the rest of your standing poses!). Some examples of core-toning poses are Boat Pose (Navasana) and Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana). See Further Readings "Here"I
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