Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)


As the name suggests Vrikshasana replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree. Unlike most yoga poses, the Tree Pose requires keeping our eyes open in order to maintain body balance.

How to Do?

  • Stand straight with arms by the side of your body.

  • Gently bend your right knee and place the right foot high up on your left thigh. The sole of the foot should be placed flat and firmly near the root of the thigh.

  • Keep your left leg is straight. Find your balance.

  • Once you feel well balanced, take a deep breath in, gracefully raise your arms over your head from the side, and bring your palms together in hands-folded position(‘Namaste’ mudra). 

  • Look straight ahead in front of you, at a distant object. A steady gaze helps maintain a steady balance.

  • Make sure that your spine is straight. Your entire body should be taut, like a stretched elastic band. Keep taking in long deep breaths. With each exhalation, relax the body more and more. Just be with the body and the breath with a gentle smile on your face.

  • With slow exhalation, gently bring down your hands from the sides. You may gently release the right leg.

  • Now, stand tall and straight as you did at the beginning of the posture. And repeat this posture with the left leg off the ground on the right thigh.

Benefits:

  • Enhances the sense of balance and equilibrium to your mind

  • It stretches the legs, back and arms, and invigorates you

  • Helps to improve concentration

  • This posture has been found to relieve some cases of sciatica

  • It makes the legs strong and opens the hips

  • Helps those who are suffering from sciatica



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