Tree (Vrksasana)

A Vata-Pacifying Yoga Pose
Tree Pose

Begin in Mountain Pose. Shift your weight from side to side a few times and then end with your weight on your left leg. Bring the sole of the right foot to the ankle, calf, or thigh of the left leg. Turn the right knee out, press the right foot firmly into the left leg and press the left leg into the right foot. Create opposition between foot and standing leg. Be careful that you are not pressing into your knee joint. Bring the hands together at your heart. Take a few breaths here before slowly releasing the right foot. Once both of your feet are on the ground, shift from side to side, then repeat on the right leg.

Vata Focus:

Ground through the foot of the standing leg and find your stability. Keep your gaze focused on a non-moving object or spot (drishti), allowing for concentration and equanimity. 

Benefits:

Builds balance and stability, helps you to focus, and promotes healthy alignment.