Vrikshasana known as वृक्षासन or Tree Pose is an asana which belongs to the Inverted Balancing group of poses. It is one of the most difficult, fascinating and effective yoga poses. It is called Tree pose because when performed correctly, it looks like a tree. In other words, you stand still like a tree in the final position of this posture. The leg that you are standing on looks like a trunk rooted to the ground with arms and the other leg and the head act as branches and leaves. Here you will get to know how to do tree pose and benefits of tree pose (vrikshasana).

Tree Pose or Vrikshasana is a basic balancing pose that we all need in our practice. Believe it or not but this pose is a form of standing meditation which is something we could all use to clear our minds of useless negative thoughts.

This elegant pose is not as easy as it looks, but over time it builds tremendous inner and outer strength and a great feeling of accomplishment as you learn to balance on one leg.

While in Tree pose, inhale and raise your both arms above your head and form Namaskar mudra. Take suitable stretching and do inhaling-exhaling continue while maintaining the pose. Brings your arms down with deep exhaling. 

How to Do Vrikshasana (Tree pose, वृक्षासन)

  1. Stand erect. Keep the feet together.
  2. Fold the right leg and placed it at the top of left thighs with the toes of the right leg should be pointed downwards.
  3. The right leg should perpendicular to the left leg.
  4. Extend your arms above your head.
  5. Inhale and try to make Namaskar mudra with your palms.
  6. Balance the pose as long as you can because balancing is the utmost important in Tree pose.
  7. Try to make your spine straight and feel the stretching from toes to fingers.
  8. With deep exhale bring your arms and leg down.
  9. Repeat the same with the left leg. It completes one round.
  10. Do three-five rounds and the number of rounds may increase as per your convenience.

Tree pose benefits (Vrikshasana)

  1. It increases your stamina, concentration, and immunity.
  2. It stretches the entire body from toes to fingers, thus invigorates you.
  3. It gives tranquillity to your mind thus good for those who are facing the problem of depression and anxiety.
  4. It strengthens thighs and calves.
  5. It gives suitable stretching to the groins.
  6. It enhances the flexibility of legs, back and chest muscles.
  7. It makes your ankle stronger.
  8. It makes you more focused and concentrated.
  9. It is also good for the pelvic region.
  10. It calms and relaxes the central nervous system

Contraindications and Precautions of Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

It should not be practiced in case of

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Hip injury

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