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Vrikshasana – Tree Pose

Vrikshasana, or tree pose, is a beginner level position that aims to stretch your thighs, shoulders, thorax and groin.

 

The health benefits associated with the vrikshasana pose includes toning the thighs and calves, improving ankle flexibility as well as aligning the core of your spine.

 

However, if you have recently suffered from hip or knee weakness or injury you should always consult a doctor before attempting the position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Instructions for Vrikshasana
  • Prepare for the tree pose by beginning in the Mountain Pose (Parvatasana)
  • With the knee facing outwards, raise your right leg. Rest the sole of your foot on your left knee for support
  • Find a focal point on the ground and use it to gain balance. Raise your right foot further up your leg to the highest point that is comfortable. Hold for 30 seconds
  • Move your hands together in front of your chest to a praying position
  • If you feel able, inhale and raise your arms above your head and hold in whatever position enables you to maintain balance. Hold for 30 seconds
  • Lower your arms while exhaling and place your foot back on the ground
  • Repeat on either side 5-10 times

 

Required Preparatory Poses 

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Vrikshasana: None
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