How To Do Yoga Pose: Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

The Friendly Tree Pose

The friendliest of balance poses, Tree Pose is portable, needs no special equipment (no mat, no problem) and can be easily customized (works great with one hand on the back of a chair).  Make this pose a regular part of your daily routine. This pose is very simple but effective in improving balance.

Yoga Tree Pose

Benefits of Tree Pose:

  • Strengthens legs and improves balance
  • May lead to feeling grounded, expansive, and cheerful


How To Do Tree Pose:

  • Put your feet together and stand upright with your arms at your sides
  • Bending your left knee, hold your left ankle with both hands and raise your foot, placing the sole of your foot firm and flat against your inner right thigh with your toes pointing to the ground
  • Balance yourself and keeping your right leg straight, slowly out your hands together in salutation seal near your heart
  • Maintain this position for 30 to 60 sec and concentrate on a fixed point 4 to 5 feet away from you
  • Exhale, slowly return hands to your sides, then lower your left leg to the starting position
  • Repeat with your right leg


Due to the balancing nature of the posture do not practice tree pose if you are currently experiencing:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Light Headedness
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Pressure

Also, don’t press the raised foot directly on the knee joint.

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