Today we're focusing on Tadasana (tree pose) and would love to hear your questions about it! Tree has tons of benefits! It improves posture and balance and increases the flexibility of the ankles, knees and hip joints. It also strengthens the oblique muscles which can help prevent a hernia.
Bikram says that many of us cheat by sticking our rear end backwards to help keep our foot in place. He suggests turning to the side and looking at your form in the mirror (please do this before or after class, and apply what you teach yourself - we don't want to distract our yogi neighbors in class by shifting around too much.)
To get into Tadasana, stand with your feet together and find a spot to focus on. Reach down with both hands and grab your right foot, then raise it slowly as high as you can on the front of your left thigh or hip. (Bikram says that as your hip flexibility increases, you will be able to take the foot up to groin level and leave it there.) Stand up straight and lock the standing knee, then push the hips forward and move the knee backward - then check that your back is straight and bring your hands together in prayer position. Try to stay here for 60 seconds...or get back in if you fall out.
Got a question about Tadasana? Let's hear it! Want to hear more about another posture? Tell us! (Though we'll get through all 26 in time...)