The tree pose – Vriksasana

image: © Sweet Lana /  Fotolia

image: © Sweet Lana / Fotolia

The tree pose, also known as vriksasana, is a pose done by yoga enthusiasts as a part of their routine.

This particular pose aims for the yogi to mimic or replicate the steady and graceful stance of trees. Contrary to other yoga poses, this tree pose makes the yogi obliged to keep his or her eyes opened, in order to maintain body balance.

Like in almost all yoga poses, the tree pose also has its benefits like:

  • Strengthens the ankles
  • Increases the range of motion in the hips
  • Increases concentration
  • Improves poise and posture
  • Tones the muscles of the back, neck and chest
  • Deepens the thorax, and
  • Improves balance.

In order for us to fully understand and replicate this wonderfully graceful pose, here we are listing the complete steps to achieving the tree pose.

  • Stand tall and straight with both of your arms on the sides of your body.
  • Bend your right knee upwards and place your right foot up high onto your left thigh. (The sole of your right foot should be firmly and flatly placed nearest the uppermost part of the thigh.)
  • Make sure that your left leg is firmly straightened. You may now begin to find your balance.
  • Once you are well balanced, inhale deeply, and then slowly and gracefully raise your arms over your head from the sides, and then bring your palms together in a ‘Namaste’ mudra position (folded hands position).
  • Look straight ahead of you (preferably towards a distant object). Remember that a steady gaze helps to maintain a steady balance.
  • Make sure that your spine is straight.
  • You should stretch your entire body taut, like an elastic band, and keep taking in long deep breaths.
  • With each exhalation, slowly relax and lower your right leg and both your arms until you return to the starting position. (Always remember to smile!)
  • You may now begin to repeat this pose using your other leg.

As with all yoga poses, the tree pose has its particular benefit, like helping to improve and relieve some cases of sciatica. Also, there are some contraindications for this pose, as this may prove to cause more harm and injury than not.

Special precautions should be taken by the following people:

  • People suffering from insomnia or migraine
  • People who have extremely low or high blood pressure

Here we also list some general precautions when attempting this particular pose:

  • Holding this pose for more than the recommended period can impose risks for people with low or high blood pressure.
  • The lifted foot’s sole should be placed above or below the standing knee, but never directly on the side of it.
  • Never make the mistake of leaning on one side, pushing one hip outwards, and bending or rotating the supporting knee outwards.

As a general precaution: It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider or medical doctor before beginning to attempt this.




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