Vrikshyasana / Tree Pose

Roshan Shrestha April 17, 2022 2:33 pm
Vrikshyasana / Tree Pose.

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Vrikshyasana AKA Tree Pose resembles the shape of a tree. This balancing pose is described in the 17th Century Gheranda Samhita.

Sanskrit Name and Meaning of Tree Pose

  • Name – Vrikshyasana
  • Pronunciation – Vrik-Shya-Suh-Nuh
  • Meaning
    • Vrikshya – Tree

Note – There’s no need to strain yourself by doing more than what you can. It will do more harm than good. Seek expert guidance if you’re unsure about anything.

Step-by-Step Instruction

1. Stand straight with feet together.

2. Place your left leg on your right inner thigh.

3. Raise your arms up from the side, interlock your fingers, and point your index finger up. Hold for 5 breaths.

5. After 5 breaths, release your arms and then your left leg.

6. Repeat the same steps with the right leg and that completes the first round.

Tips for Beginners

1. For Steps 2 and 3 – Don’t forget to spread your toes for stability. Spreading your toes helps you balance.

2. For Step 2 – Refrain from placing your foot on your knee.

Modifications and Props

1. For Balance Difficulties – You can use a chair or a wall to support yourself and regain balance.

2. For those who can’t place their foot on the inner thigh, place it on either your ankle or your shin.

Contra-Indications

  1. Refrain from raising the arms overhead in case of High Blood Pressure.
  2. Hold the pose for much shorter for people with High Blood Pressure/Low Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Migraine, Vertigo, and Weak Heart Conditions.

Benefits

  1. Improves concentration and balance.
  2. Strengthens the legs.
  3. Stimulates the pituitary gland which regulates vital body functions including growth and reproductive development.

Vrikshyasana FAQ

  1. How long should I hold this pose?

    While holding the Tree Pose for 5 breaths is enough, you can also hold the pose for as long as is comfortable. Never overstress yourself!

  2. What is Tree Pose good for?

    If you practice this pose, you’ll find stability and strength in your legs. This pose also helps in improving your posture and building concentration.

  3. Who should avoid this pose?

    People with ankle, feet, or knee problems should find an alternative or an easier version of the pose. Similarly, Hypertension, Low Blood Pressure, Vertigo, and Migraine patients shouldn’t hold the pose for long.

Feel free to tell us or ask us anything about the pose. For more, keep on browsing Yoga Memo.

You Might Also Want to Learn Kati Chakrasana.

References

  • References from Asana Pranayama Mudra Banda by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • References from Wikipedia Tree Pose


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