Exercise of the Month- Tree Pose

Purpose:
Increase balance, strength and muscular endurance.

Benefit:
Improved balance, stability, functional strength, and injury prevention.

EXERCISE: 
This exercise from yoga is good for balance and core strength. It’s not as easy as it looks, but over time it builds tremendous inner and outer strength and a great feeling of accomplishment as you learn to balance on one leg. It increases strength and muscular endurance, improves stability and balance. Be sure to do this exercise on both sides — and if you have balance issues or neuropathy, such as from chemo — please do this pose next to a wall where you can safely stabilize yourself.

Click here for a short video demonstration of this exercise

Starting position: Put all of your weight on one foot, grounding evenly through all four corners of the foot.
Movement: Place your opposite foot on the inside of your standing leg, anywhere except for directly on the knee joint. Bring your hands to prayer position. Gradually extend your arms overhead.

Sunflower Wellness presents this exercise with the assistance of WebExercises. A library of exercises of the month is available at Sunflowerwellness.org

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