What Is Vrikshasana?

The word Vrikshasana has been taken from the Sanskrit words vriksa or vriksha meaning “tree” and asana meaning “posture” indicating towards a yogic posture. It is pronounced as vrik-shah-sana. This posture replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree which is why it’s given the name tree pose.

This asana requires focus and concentration and it is best to channelize this in the morning when our mind is clear of the worries and stress from the happenings of the day.
This pose requires us to keep our eyes open unlike other poses to maintain body balance. The asana emphasises the alignment of the head, hips and spine.

Benefits Of Vrikshasana

  • It enhances concentration and activates all the mental faculties thereby making you stable, flexible and patient.
  • For those suffering from anxiety and depression, it’s extremely beneficial as it gives tranquillity to your mind.
  • It thereby stretches your entire body from fingers to toes thereby invigorates you.
  • With regular practice of this asana, one’s ligaments and tendons of the feet get strengthened.
  • It improves and aids neuro-muscular conditions.
  • For all the sciatica patients as well as for patients suffering from knee problems, this asana provides a lot of relief.
  • This asana also helps to deepen the thorax and strengthens the ankles.
  • It calms and relaxes the central nervous system.
  • It brings equilibrium and balance to the mind.
  • It enhances the flexibility of legs, chest and back muscles.

Steps To Perform Vrikshasana

  • Stand absolutely tall and straight and drop your arms to the side of your body
  • Fold your right leg and place it at the top of your left thigh firmly with the toes pointed downwards
  • You need to find balance at this point for which your left leg needs to be absolutely erect
  • Once you are well balanced, take a deep breath in and extend your arms above your head
  • Join your palms together in the Namaste Mudra
  • To help maintain your balance, look straight at a distant object and hold your gaze
  • One of the most important things in this pose is to balance as long as possible
  • Try to feel the stretching from toes to fingers keeping the spine straight
  • Bring your arms and legs down with deep exhale
  • Stand straight and repeat the same with left leg


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