Vrikshasana (The Tree Pose)

Vriksha – Tree; Asana – Posture or Pose

The asana is vrik-shah-sa-na. Vriksha means tree. Stand on your left leg, bend your right leg and place your right foot on the root of your left thigh. Stand like a tree standing on the ground. This is Vrikshasana.


How to practice Vrikshasana

  • Stand up.
  • Balance on your left leg and lift your right leg. Bend your right knee.
  • Place your right foot against the inside of your left thigh. Make sure your toes are pointed down.
  • Join your hands in prayer at chest level. Now lift your arms up to the top of your head.
  • Hold for breath.
  • Lower your arms to chest level and separate your hands.
  • Straighten your right leg and stand up.
  • Repeat on the right side.

Benefits of Vrikshasana

  • Rejuvenates the body.
  • Stretches the legs, back, and arms, invigorating you.
  • Enhances balance and equilibrium of the mind.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Relieves some cases of sciatica.
  • Strengthens the legs, improves balance, and opens the hips.


  • Avoid this posture if you suffer from migraine, insomnia, or low/high blood pressure.
  • Those with high blood pressure may perform the pose without raising their hands overhead to avoid further increasing their blood pressure.  

Yoga Asanas with Himalaya Yoga Teacher Training

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