One-Handed Tree Pose

Definition - What does One-Handed Tree Pose mean?

One-handed tree pose is essentially a one-handed handstand, but with the legs apart similarly to how the arms would be apart in the right-side-up version of tree pose.

From handstand, the legs open out to the sides as the yogi shifts the weight and balance of the body to a single arm. To release, the yogi can come back into handstand or simply drop the legs, bring the feet to the floor and stand up before repeating on the other side.

One-handed tree pose is known in Sanskrit as eka hasta vrksasana.

One-Handed Tree Pose

Yogapedia explains One-Handed Tree Pose

An advanced inversion, one-handed tree pose is develops more strength, balance and mental tenacity within the yogi as they require the yogi to already have an established inversion practice. Balance is important in inversions, but it won’t hold a yogi upsidedown on one arm; the yogi has to have strong stabilizing muscles in the wrists, elbows, shoulder and abdomen. Finally, being able to remain calm in the mind allows the yogi to perform this posture with control and to keep the breath fluid.

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