Standing Poses


Vrkshasana (Tree Pose)


Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) Vrksasana

Level: All levels
Category: Standing Pose, Core Pose

Vrksha = tree.

Organizing the pose

    • Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
    • Bend the right leg, take hold of the ankle and place the sole foot on the inside of the left thigh with the toes pointing down the leg.
    • Bring the palms together into Namaskarasana (Prayer Position) in front of the chest.
    • Lift and open the chest.
    • Inhale and raise the arms up over the head, alongside the ears.
    • Hold the position for several breaths.
    • Exhale and bring the palms down in front of the chest again and bring the leg back down.
    • Come back to Tadasana (Mountain Pose), and then repeat on the second side.

Practice Points

    • Spread the toes and ground through the standing foot. Lift up through the standing thigh.
    • Press the bent leg foot into the thighs and the thigh back into the foot.
    • Reach the bent thigh out to the side without turning the pelvis.
    • Keep the hips squared off, do not let the pelvis rotate towards the bent knee.
    • Soften the hip of the bent leg and level the pelvis.
    • Reach the bent thigh out to the side without turning the pelvis.
    • Lengthen the left and right sides of the trunk evenly.