Vrikshasana is a body-balancing yoga asana. The name Vrikshasana is a Sanskrit term, in which Vriksha meaning “Tree,” and asana meaning “Pose.” In English is known as Tree Pose. It’s pronounced as vrik-SHAHS-ah-nah.
Vrikshasana is very easy to perform. In this yoga asana, you have to stand on one leg and balance your entire body on it.
It strengthens your leg muscles and improves the posture of your body. It brings a sense of balance to your body as well as to your mind too. Practicing Vrikshasana on a daily basis will improve your concentration and awareness.
Also, many yogis use this yoga asana for meditation.
- Tadasana (Mountain pose)
- Navasana (Boat Pose)
- Baddha konasana (Bound angle pose)
Benefits of Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
- Bringing a sense of balance to your body and mind.
- Strengthens and tones the muscles of your legs.
- Strengthens the tendon and ligaments of your feet.
- It opens up your hips.
- Also, helpful to treat flat feet and sciatica.
- Improves your concentration and awareness.
- Improves your neuro-muscular coordination.
- It makes you more flexible, stable, and patient.
Steps of Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
- First, you have to stand straight.
- Now, shift your weight to the left foot and lift your right foot off the floor.
- Then bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot against your inner left thigh. Toes should be facing downward.
- If it is difficult for you to move your foot all the way up to your thigh region then you can place your right feet alongside your left calf or ankle.
- Gaze at a point at eye level, it will help you to balance your body.
- To complete this posture, bring your hands in front of your heart in the Prayer Position (Anjali Mudra) or you can lift your arms up to the ceiling. Keep them shoulder-width apart.
- Hold the position as long as you can or at least for 30-60 seconds.
- To come out of the pose, exhale and slowly bring down your leg and hands.
- Repeat it with the other leg.
Precaution and Tips
The following points of caution you should know before you perform this asana.
- Keep 3-4 hours gap between your meal and practice.
- Perform each and every step gently and carefully.
- Don’t place your feet beside your knee.
- Avoid this asana if you have any kind of injuries on your legs, feet, or knees.
- Avoid this asana, if you are suffering from arthritis, vertigo, and obesity.
- Also, those who have a migraine, insomnia, low and high blood pressure, should not practice Vrikshasana.
- If you are feeling uncomfortable to maintain this pose, back out of the pose.
- You can bend your knees a little bit if your hamstring is too rigid to maintain this yoga pose.
- Practice yoga asana under the guidance of experts is more beneficial, especially for beginners.