Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Many times when people think of yoga, Tree Pose (Vrksasana in Sanskrit) is one of the first poses that pops into their heads.

That’s just how timeless it is!

As a posture accessible to anyone, tree pose or Vrksasana as it’s called in Sanskrit, combines balance and grace into one action.

Those who try this for the first time are often surprised by how challenging this posture actually is. It requires balance on one leg while the opposite foot presses into the thigh. Sometimes this action creates instability and you may fall over the first time you try it!

The pose also requires a great deal of control through the center as well in order to keep the hips square while one leg is externally rotated.

Your hands at the heart and steady gaze always helps!

How to Do Tree Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Start by standing on your left foot and turn the right knee out to the side. Drag the right foot toward the left so the heel presses into the ankle. If you feel balanced, begin to lift the right foot up off the floor and press the sole of the foot into the calf.

(For those who have more mobility, you can draw the foot to the left inner thigh, above the knee. You will have to use your hands to help it move up there. Do no place the foot on the knee.)

Step 2

Press the hands together at the heart.

Step 3

Hold your dristhi (gaze) steady on something unmoving and take 5-10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Tree Pose Benefits

  • Calms the mind
  • Improves balance
  • Opens the hips
  • Better focus
  • Strengthens the legs and spine