Among the wide repertoire of yoga asanas, a popular pick is Vriksasana, more commonly known as the Tree Pose. Compared to Surya Namaskar and other bending and twisting asanas, this seems incredibly easy, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it's not important to include in your fitness routine. In fact, Vriksasana comes highly recommended because it helps in improving balancing, which in turn calms the mind and increases concentration. The Tree Pose is a standing asana that brings balance both physically and mentally.
Tanya Luthra, a certified yoga trainer and founder of TanYoga says, "A tree is firmly rooted in the ground. The roots hold the barks and the branches beautifully and gracefully. Similarly, in the Tree Pose, the entire body is balanced on one leg, which gives our body grace, poise and calmness to proceed in life. The Tree Pose is also known as Vriksasana, which is a Sanskrit word and it's divided into two parts - 'vriksha' means tree and 'asana' means pose."
Tanya Luthra further adds, "The Tree Pose is a standing meditative posture. In the olden times, postures for meditation were usually seated, so this is one of the few standing asanas. Its benefits include bringing calmness to the mind and physical body, helps in relieving sciatica, fight flat feet and increase concentration."
The important point to remember is that this asana needs to be performed on both the sides. Yoga is all about balance and our body needs to be balanced too. So ensure that whenever you are performing asanas, they need to be done on both the left and right sides.
Tanya Luthra takes us through a step-by-step guide on how to do Vriksasana -
The Tree Pose is a beginner's level asana but there are certain precautions that need to be kept in mind. People who are having the following ailments should avoid this:
Those suffering from insomnia
Those who have vertigo or feel dizzy very easily
Those with knee problem
Those with low blood pressure
Those with heart ailments and high BP shouldn't perform the tree pose with their hands folded over their shouldersComments
Now that you know the steps, master this standing meditative posture.