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Asana Study: Forest Full of Trees

Vrksasana is the Tree pose, a balancing pose that requires a stable and strong standing leg and openness through the hips. For some, the balancing aspect of this pose is the most challenging. For others, opening the bent leg is too much for the hips, which throws the back out of alignment. There are several pieces to this pose that can be broken down and accessed in different ways, as I've shown in the 6 different variations. I often advise teachers in my training to think about a pose from different perspectives and relationships to gravity. For example, the image of the pose in the top left corner could be described as side-lying tree and takes the weight bearing out of the pose, but if I

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