Tree Pose

Definition - What does Tree Pose mean?

Tree pose is a balancing pose that requires the yogi to stand rooted.

To enter this pose, stand on one leg with the foot of the other leg pressed against the inner thigh of the standing leg. The hands are stretched upward with the palms touching. Remain in this position for 30 seconds and repeat the same procedure on the other leg. If fully extending the arms is too difficult, the yogi can modify the pose by keeping the hands in prayer formation in front of the heart.

Tree pose may also be referred to as vrksasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Tree Pose

Tree pose promotes all-around physical and mental health. Some of the important physical benefits of tree pose include:

  • Improves balance
  • Improves focus
  • Stretches the spine
  • Tones and strengthens the legs
  • Aids in treating sciatic conditions and flat feet

This pose can be a challenge for the beginner as the entire weight of the body is balanced on one leg. Those with health conditions, such as low blood pressure and insomnia, should avoid practicing tree pose. Those with high blood pressure can practice the pose without lifting the hands.

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