One-Handed Tree Pose

Definition - What does One-Handed Tree Pose mean?

One-handed tree pose, or one-handed handstand, is an advanced inversion where the yogi balances in handstand using only one hand.

One handed tree pose is entered from handstand. The legs often 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.

Yogapedia explains One-Handed Tree Pose

One-handed tree pose is an advanced variation on tree pose or handstand. Advanced inversion postures develop 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 upside down on one arm; the yogi has to have strong stabilizing muscles in the wrists, elbows, shoulder and abdomen. 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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