Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
In Sanskrit Vrksa means “tree” and Asana means “pose”.
Vrksasana is Among the 8,400,000 poses taught by Lord Shiva, 32 postures are included in the Gheranda Samhita. Chapter 2, verse 36 of the Gheranda Samhita cites the pose – “Place the right foot at the top of the thigh and stand on the ground like a tree. This is called Vrksasana.”
One story goes on to say that King Bhagiratha, stood in the Tree Pose for many years, persuading Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva to bring the Ganges River to Earth. Also seen in the sculptures are a few yogins standing close to a tree, balancing on one leg. In many cultures, trees are regarded as sacred. The Buddhists worship the Peepal Tree, as Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. Also, trees, especially the Ashoka are symbols of love and devotion.
Reflecting the nature of a tree, you should stay focused, calm, and steady with your body-breath connections, moving slowly towards your thoughts. Rooting the feet strong like trees, being patient, and being strong in the mind. Additionally, just like how a tree grows upwards, rooting from the Earth, and downwards back to the Earth, our practice of Vrksasana should also help the flow of prana (energy force) move upwards from the Muladhara Chakra to the Sahasrara Chakra, and back downwards to the Muladhara, building a sense of balance in the body and mind. Balance is not just stability in the physical body but is also linked to mental steadiness.
Benefits of Vrikshasana (Tree Pose Benefits):
- Tree pose is one of the best poses to stretch your inner thighs and groin area.
- It helps to strengthen your legs and core muscles.
- It helps to open up your hips.
- Keeping a balance of body during the pose can also help to maintain mental balance/stillness (Gives calmness to mind).
- Helps relieve from Sciatica (Pain that radiates from your Lower back through your hips to each leg).
- Setting your gaze fixed on one point helps build focus and Concentration.
- Practice of falling and trying again helps to develop patience and perseverance.
⚠️ Here are Some Conditions in which you should not practice Vrikshasana:
- Not suitable for people with low blood pressure.
- People with migraines (Powerful Headache), insomnia (A sleep disorder) or vertigo (Sensation of Internal or External spinning around you) should avoid doing this pose.
- It is not suitable for people with a knee or hip injury.