An Easy Guide to Vrikshasana, or Tree Pose Yoga
Tree Pose Yoga teaches us stability and balance, as our leg becomes the root of the tree, grounding us. As we search inside ourselves for the power to remain still, we also release calm inside our minds – creating stillness amidst chattering thoughts.
Tree Pose Yoga will tone your legs and stretch your groin. This yoga pose will also develop your sense of balance and your ability to focus without distraction - always useful in an open plan office, or looking after a house full of kids.
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How to do Vrikshasana, or Tree Pose in easy steps
Begin in Mountain pose (Tadasana).
Shift the weight into the right foot, strongly rooting into the mat.
Bring the hands onto your hips.
Inhaling, bend your left knee and slowly raise it toward your left thigh. Hold the foot with your left hand.
Place the left foot against your inner right thigh, maintain some pressure against the thigh to help you balance.
Gently direct the knee of the bent left leg out to the side. Keep both hips parallel, facing forward.
Engage your abdomen by gently drawing the naval towards the spine.
If possible, bring the palms together with the thumbs lightly on your sternum.
Gaze softly at a fixed point some feet away.
If you want to take it further, raise your hands overhead. Either bring the palms together or keep the arms apart.
Don't worry if you sway - trees sway. Keep grounded.
Breathe evenly and balance for 5 to 10 breaths.
Exhale and release your arms down. Release your left foot and bring it down on the mat.
Repeat on the other side.
Yoga pose category: Standing
Although Tree Pose Yoga is a pose for beginners, many yogis find it hard to balance on one foot. Try leaning against the wall to get familiar with the pose, until you become confidence and strong enough to balance without support.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Vriksa - tree
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Vrikshasana has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Vrikshasana if you have any of the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
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