Vriksha Asana -the Tree Pose

In Sanskrit ‘Vriksha’ means tree. The tree symbolizes rootedness and firmness throughout life.

How to practice?

  • Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides.
  • Bend the right leg at the knee, raise the right thigh and bring the sole of the right foot as high up the inside of the left thigh as possible.
  • Balancing on the left foot, raise both arms over the head keeping the elbows unbent and joining the palms together.
  • Hold the posture while breathing gently through the nostrils for about 10 complete breaths.
  • Lower the arms and right leg and return to the tad-asana, standing position with feet together and arms at the sides. Pause for a few moments and repeat on the opposite leg.
  • As you advance in this posture and are able to remain standing for more than a few moments, try closing the eyes and maintaining your balance.

Benefits of Vriksha Asana

  • The vriksha asana brings a straightness and focus to the body and the mind.
  • Regular practice of the vriksha-asana improves concentration, balance and coordination.
  • It tones up the muscle of the ankles, toes, knees, hip joints, shoulder joints, elbows, hands and fingers.
  • Overall it brings flexibility to the body and removes all the strains activating all the joints of the body.
  • It builds strength in legs.

Durations/Repetitions of Vriksha Asana

Hold the vriksha-asana as long as you are comfortable with the pose. Repeat it two or three times on each leg.