Yoga pose of the week: hero pose

This week’s yoga pose is hero pose, or virasana. It’s absolutely perfect for meditation, especially at Hebron Falls in western NC where I am in the picture below : )

What does it work?

knees, hips, upper back

Benefits:

– Improves posture & circulation

– Loosens hips, knees, and thighs

– Strengthens arches of the feet

– Helps with digestion

– Great position for extended meditation

Variations:

– Place a towel under your ankles if it is too painful to sit on them.

– Feel free to put your hands in prayer position at heart’s center or above your head.

 

Do you all like hero pose? Do you use it for meditation?

 

Source: Yoga Journal

 

 

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Yoga pose of the week: tree pose

This week’s featured yoga pose is one of my all-time favorites – tree pose (vrksasana).

Me doing tree pose on Pilot Mountain, NC. Check out that view!

With tree pose, your goal is to become as rooted and sturdy as a tree so have that vision in your mind as you enter the pose.

What does it work?

Thighs & hips

Benefits:

– Improves posture & balance

– Develops concentration

– Reduces sciatica and flat feet

– Stretches ankles, groin, and hips

– Strengthens calves and thighs

Variations:

– You can hold your hands together at heart center or extend them over your head.

– To test your balance even more, try to do tree pose with your eyes closed.

– If you are an absolute beginner or just not good at balancing yet, feel free to hold onto a rail or chair until you can do the pose without assistance. You’ll get there : )

Source: Yoga Journal