Tree pose, or vrikshasana in Sanskrit is one of the most iconic yoga asana (poses). It is a balancing pose that increases your concentration as well as tones you legs.
Balance you body – balance your life with tree pose
Learn how to balance one leg, and you will feel that you can do anything you set your mind to. You may think this a stretch of the truth, but each asana comes with a personal experience and lesson. Furthermore you will find that tree pose is beautiful to balance your mind and body with.
Benefits of doing tree pose on a regular basis
- The more spiritual benefits of tree pose is, that it gives awareness to the third chakra, manipura. Manipura is in the centre of your body, your core
- You will experience increased focus of your mind
- Tree pose helps to remove any distractions off your mind. On a physical level this pose will benefit your knees and legs. Your ligaments around the knee gets stronger and your thigh muscles get toned
- Opens your hips gently
Should I do tree pose?
The answer is: YES. Unless you have an knee injury.
If you are severely overweight do use a wall to support yourself against.
Caution if you have this
- Like shown in the picture above: Do not put your foot on your knee joint
- Avoid this pose if you have knee pain. Rather do a modification
How do I do tree pose?
- Stand with you feet together on the top of your mat
- Shift your weight on the left leg
- Lift your right leg in front of you, keeping the knee bent
- Open your leg to the right
- Take your foot and put it on the inside of your left thigh
- Repeat on the other side
Here are two fun variations of tree pose you can do
In the following you will see some fun variations of tree pose that you can try and play with.
Wave like a tree in the wind
With arms stretched like in the above picture, slowly wave your arms and upper body from side to side like a tree. This is gives you more strength and increases your balance.
Side bending tree pose
From having your arms over the head, rest one arm on your thigh and lean to that side. Furthermore you can keep your spine long and stretched like on the picture above.
Extra hard: Keep your eyes closed and be completely one with your body
Try slowly to close the eyes! Open them again as soon as you loose your balance. Most noteworthy when you keep your eyes closed, you increase your body awareness immensely.
Modifications for tree pose if you find it hard to balance
Whenever you do yoga asana, listen to your body. Therefore you may get an injury, as a result because your body is simply not able to do the pose today. Even though you usually master this pose. Or rather because you simply cannot do this pose. In conclusion: You need to know some simple modifications. In the following I will give you two simple modifications you can try out.
Support your foot on your shin
Instead of resting the foot on the thigh you can rest it under your knee, on the shin. Furthermore you can also use this modification if your hips are not open enough to have the foot resting on the thigh.
Support your toes on ground
This variation is good for
- obese people
- knee injury
- pregnant woman
I, Masum Diderksen, wrote and created this article for Jhana Yoga.
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