Vrikshasana - Tree Yoga Posture

6 November 2023 by
Editorial team

The Sanskrit word vriksha means tree. Just like a tree, this asana involves standing tall, maintaining stability, and reaching upward, which is why it is called Vrikshasana.

Position of Readiness:

  • Stand with feet together on the floor.
  • Keep hands at your sides, eyes looking forward.
  • Breathe normally.

Steps to Practice Vrikshasana:

  1. Prepare:
    • Stand firmly on the left leg.
    • Fold the right leg at the knee.
  2. Position the Foot:
    • Raise the right thigh and bring the sole of the right foot as high up the inside of the left thigh as possible.
    • The right foot will be slightly twisted, pressing its side against the left thigh.
    • Ensure you press the thigh with the sides of the foot, not the heel.
  3. Balance and Lift:
    • Balance on the left foot.
    • Raise both arms over the head, keeping the elbows unbent.
    • Join the palms together.
  4. Stretch Upward:
    • Stretch the whole body upward from the heels to the fingers of the hands.
  5. Hold the Posture:
    • Breathe gently through the nostrils.
    • Hold the posture for about 10 complete breaths.
  6. Release:
    • Exhale, lower the arms and the right leg.
    • Return to Tadasana (standing position) with feet together and arms at the sides.
  7. Rest and Repeat:
    • Rest for a few seconds.
    • Repeat on the opposite leg.
    • Repeat two or three times on each leg, but do not practice more than six times a day.

Benefits of Vrikshasana:

  • Muscle Toning:
    • Tones the muscles of the ankles, toes, knees, hip joints, shoulder joints, elbows, hands, and fingers.
  • Flexibility:
    • Brings flexibility to the body and removes all strains.
  • Joint Activation:
    • Activates all the joints of the body.

Experience the grounding and stabilizing effects of Vrikshasana, bringing balance and flexibility into your practice!

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