Hip Trees

Being at the intersection between the upper and lower body, places the hip in its own category of importance. This joint not only permits the proper mechanics of the legs and upper body, but also allows the transmission of forces between one another.
Therefore, its functionality is integral both to the spine, as well as the knees and feet.
Common among the multitude of poses, yet so seldom are the anatomical details illuminated, as that of Vrikshasana-Tree Pose (Pic 1)
In a world where reinventing the proverbial “wheel” seems to be the the tool by which an individual can stand out and assert their own uniqueness, tinkering with the arthrokinematics of a joint for the sake of indulgence in something “different”, can bring more trouble than its worth.
This is where the placement of the lifted leg either supports the underlying structure of the hip, or not. The instruction that is all too prevalent when it comes to this leg, is to bring it onto the same plane as...

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