Holy Fig Tree Pose

Definition - What does Holy Fig Tree Pose mean?

Holy fig tree pose is a beginner balancing posture that is a variation of the foundational tree pose. The pose is named after the holy fig tree, which is native to the Indian subcontinent sacred to religions with origins in the region.

In holy fig tree pose, each of the body's limbs reach in a different direction. While the yogi balances on one leg, the other extends back, one arm stretches skyward and the other arm extends to the side at shoulder height.

This posture is also known by its Sanskrit name, ashwanasana or ashwattasana.

Holy Fig Tree Pose

Yogapedia explains Holy Fig Tree Pose

In addition to improving physical balance, holy fig tree pose helps mental and emotional balance. It also has these benefits:

  • Improves proprioception (perception of body in space)
  • Stretches and strengthens the lower back
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves respiration and circulation

In the Bhagavad Gita, the holy fig tree is described as representing the many branches of consciousness, which are connected to the same eternal source. Hindus often meditate under the tree, and it is said that the Buddha attained bodhi (awakening) while under one such tree.

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