Vrikshasana

(Tree Pose)

Procedure

  • Stand straight with arm beside the body.
  • Bend left knee and place sole of left knee high up on right thigh.
  • With inhalation raise both arm overhead and bring both palms together as in prayer position.
  • Make sure that left sole is flat and firm and right leg and spine should be straight.
  • Gaze forward, maintain balance and hold position for 30 secs to 2 mins as per capacity.
  • Repeat procedure 4-5 times.
  • Releasing position – With exhalation, slowly bring hands and left leg down.
  • Repeat same procedure with right leg bending and left leg straight.

Releasing Procedure

  • With exhalation, slowly bring hands and left leg down.

Beginner’s Tip

  • For beginner balance in this pose might be difficult, perform asana beside the wall.

Precautions & Contraindication

  • Headaches or migraine
  • Insomnia
  • High or Low blood pressure

Benefits of Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

  • It improves concentration, awareness, energy and enthusiasm.
  • It harmonises body and mind. Increase mental and physical equilibrium. Improve sense of balance.
  • Increases strength, power, and mobility in the feet, legs, and hips, knee, ankle joint.
  • Improve circulatory, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.
  • It helps in stimulating the synthesis of growth hormone and thus helps to increase height for children.
  • Helpful in shoulder spasm, sciatica, flat foot.

Preparatory Poses

  • Tadasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Baddha Koṇāsana
  • Virabhadrasana II

Follow-up Poses

  • Katichakrasana
  • Trikonasana