Ardha Padmasana Vrksasana

Definition - What does Ardha Padmasana Vrksasana mean?

Ardha padmasana vrksasana is a standing yoga asana that requires both balance and flexibility. Its name comes from the Sanskrit, ardha, which means "half"; padma, meaning “lotus”; vrksa, meaning “tree”; and asana, which means "posture" or "seat.” It is so-called because its base pose is vrksasana, or tree pose, with a half lotus leg variation.

Ardha padmasana vrksasana may also be known by its English name, standing half lotus pose.

Ardha Padmasana Vrksasana

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As well as its physical benefits, it is thought to improve focus and balance. On a mental level, as well as boosting concentration, ardha padmasana vrksasana is said to help relieve emotional tension, which can be held unconsciously in the hips. It is also thought to clear and calm the mind by regulating the central nervous system.

Different arm variations can be used for additional benefits, as the free hand can be taken into a mudra or lifted to the heart or sky.

Ardha padmasana vrksasana is included in the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and provides the foundation for ardha baddha padmottanasana. In Bikram yoga, it is the preparatory position for toe stand pose.

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