Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
Vriksh is a Sanskrit word which means tree. This pose symbolized the stability like a tree that standstill and growing higher. This pose helps kids to grow faster like trees.
It is believed and mentioned, in the ancient text of India that this pose was used to performed by sages for the penance of the gods, due to which the gods were pleased and gave them the desired boon. Doing this pose for a long time while meditating is not easy at all.
This is a balancing pose that needs the power of concentration and mental stability. It is also a meditative posture but a difficult one that needs lots of practice.
Inhale while starting the pose and exhale when releasing the pose to the normal. Breathe normally in the final position. When maintaining the physical balance fix the gaze at any stable point at eye level and if anyone makes good balance then close the eyes and focus on the Anahata chakra (Heart Chakra).
How to Practice Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
Stand on the mat with feet together and focus the gaze at eye level.
Make balance on the left leg and bend the right knee, place the sole of the right foot flat against the inner left thigh so it could touch the perineum.
Stand still and try to find the balance, place the palm together in front of the chest or raise both arms up over the head in Pranaam Mudra.
Ensure that during the posture spine should be straight like a tree, stretch the torso upward.
Maintain the position for a short duration then slowly release the right leg to the ground, released the hands, and normalize the breath.
Again standstill, straight, and repeat the pose with bending the right knee.
Precautions and Contra-Indications
This is difficult to maintain the balance for long, those who suffer from high blood pressure, heart problems, hernia, slip disc, sciatica, weak knees should not attempt this practice.
This practice should not be performed during pregnancy.
Do not rush into the practice, but first practice some preparatory pose or exercise like raise one leg above from the floor and make balance; do chair pose or some squats to strengthen the leg.
It is said that this pose should be an attempt by those who are already-fit and healthy.
Benefits of Vrikshasana
With this asana the heightened sense of balance achieved.
Maintaining the balance it helps to build the concentration and focus, which also helps to the stability of mind and body.
Provide the strength to the legs and arms, open the hips, and stretching the groin muscles.
Improve the circulation of blood throughout the whole body.
Tips to make this pose easy for beginners
First, try to balance only in one leg when you make it then bend the knee and place it against the inner thigh of the other leg and find the balance again.
Take the support of the wall if it is too difficult to perform.
Always aware of the breath and the body part, which plays a role to make this pose stable.