Vṛkṣāsana - Tree Pose
In this pose you stand with your feet rooted and your arms raised like a tree. This pose tones the leg muscles and improves balance and posture.

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Vṛkṣāsana
Dificulty: beginner
 
Sanskrit:वृक्षासन
 
Pronounced:vrik-SHAHS-ana
 
Meaning:'Vrksa' means tree
Standing in Tadasana, the Mountain pose bend the right leg and place the base of the foot against the left inner thigh as high as it will go with the toes pointing downwards, if this is difficult then place it below the knee (do not put pressure directly on the knee).
While balancing on the left leg press the hands together and raise them above the head. Hold the position for 5 breaths breathing deeply.
On the final exhale lower the arms and return to Tadasana. Recentre the body and repeat the pose with the left leg.
The pose may also be carried out with the arms raised in a V above the head like that of a branching tree.
Asana Information
Related Postures
Preparatory
Tadasana
Counter Pose
Tadasana
Uttanasana
 
Common Faults
None listed.
 
Benefits
Improves balance.
Tones the legs.
 
Contraindications
None listed.