Vrikshasana (Tree Pose): Steps, benefits, and precautions

Vrikshasana gets its name from the Sanskrit word vriksh which means a tree. According to its name, in this asana, you will have to pose like the steady trunk of a tree. Unlike all other rugs,

Vrikshasana requires that you keep your eyes open so that you can maintain your balance. When done regularly, it helps strengthen your spine and leg muscles.

This article explains the benefits of Vrikshasana and the right way to practice it. The precautions to be taken while practicing this asana are also discussed.

Girl doing a Vrikshasana. It is also called the Tree pose.

Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) steps: The right way to do  Tree Pose

To practice Vrikshasana in the right way, follow the steps given below:

1)- Firstly, stand absolutely erect with your arms to your side (Tadasana).
2)- Raise your left leg, bend the left knee and place it on the right thigh, as much as possible. The heel of your left foot should be upward and the toes should be towards the ground.
3)- Shift your body weight on your right leg and stand upright.
4)- When you feel that the body is properly balanced, raise your arms up and bring them directly above your head in a Namaskara position.
5)- It is difficult to maintain balance in this posture initially. It will take some more time to master it.
6)- To maintain the balance of your body, try to focus your eyes at a distance at a point.
7)- Once you are well trained, try to focus your eyes on your hands.
8)- Inhale and exhale slowly and maintain the posture for at least 30-60 seconds.
9)- Now, gently pull your body out of the position.
10)- Rest for some time and then practice asana on the other leg.

Benefits of Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Vrikshasana has many benefits for your health, some of which are listed below:

  • It helps in improving your balance.
  • It also helps to improve flat feet problems.
  • It strengthens your spine and improves your posture.
  • Vrikshasana strengthens the muscles of your thighs, knees, and calves.
  • When done regularly, this asana can help relieve sciatica pain.
  • Since it requires a lot of focus, Vrikshasana helps improve concentration.

Precautions to take before Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Before practicing Vriksasana you should take the following precautions:

  • If you are suffering from insomnia then avoid practicing Vriksasana.
  • Avoid this asana if you have recently suffered a leg injury or a knee injury.
  • If you are suffering from migraine, high or low blood pressure, do not practice this asana.
  • In the beginning, you may find it difficult to keep your foot above the knee, so you can place it below the knees but never place it on the knee.

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