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Yoga + Weights: Strengthen Your Core in Tree Pose

Adding weights to your Tree Pose will not only challenge your balance but engage your core and tone your arms. Here, Danielle Diamond of Xen Strength demos step-by-step how to up the ante in asana. Trying Tree with weights? Share it #newyearnewyoga.

This pose works all the major muscle groups, especially your legs, core, and biceps. Keep all four corners of your right foot grounded, lift your kneecap, and engage your core as you focus your gaze. Keep your elbows pulled into the ribcage.

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Danielle stumbled upon yoga as a producer at MTV, and has been practicing and teaching for 20 years. After turning 40 she realized her regular practice wasn’t cutting it so she added light weights to her flow and Xen Strength was born. “I’m not promising enlightenment here, I meditate for that,” she says.

Danielle teaches at A-list wellness events hosted by Wellthily, Gurney’s Inn and Yoga Journal; and trains yogis around the world to teach Xen Strength through her teacher training. Danielle believes that living her yoga off the mat is the sole reason she’s overcome her biggest challenges, like her mother’s suicide, and can now focus on peace, happiness and teaching others to do the same.