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Tree Pose

Tree Pose is a very common yoga pose. This pose strengthens and tests the balance of the practitioner by requiring him or her to support all of their body weight on, first, one foot and then the other. It is important to note that the foot does not have to go all of the way up to the inner thigh; It can rest near the opposite ankle or on the shin. Do not rest the lifted foot on the knee, however.

Doing this causes excess and unnecessary strain on the knee. Your hands can either be together near your heart (as pictured), at your sides or outstretched above your head. For best results, try focusing on one, unmoving object in the room you are in and concentrate on that spot for the duration of the pose. For an extra challenge, try closing your eyes while in this pose; This makes it more difficult to maintain balance.

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose is excellent for stretching out the hips and hip flexors. To achieve this pose, it is best to start from the downward dog pose. Once there, hover the left foot between the hands.

Then bring the left foot toward the right elbow while keeping the left knee parallel to the left elbow. After that, lower the left leg and right knee to the floor.

Keep the hands firmly planted on the floor and keep the hips squared-off. To intensify the pose, lean the chest forward and extend the arms in front of the body. Repeat this pose using the opposite leg.

This pose builds flexibility in the hips and strengthens the core and other stabilizing muscles.

Warrior Pose

The Warrior 2 Pose is another very common yoga pose. This pose strengthens the calves and quadriceps, and it helps to tone the gluteal muscles. In addition, this pose helps to strengthen core muscles and improve posture and balance.

To obtain this pose, start with your feet a little more than hip-width distance apart. Then step the left foot back so that the left leg is extended. Then rotate the left foot so that it forms a 90-degree angle to the right foot and bend the right leg.

Position the arms so that they are parallel to the floor. Make sure to repeat this pose using the alternate leg.