How to do the Tree Pose in Yoga

Tree Pose

Vrikshasana or tree posture is a good diagnostic posture to check what our mental state is: if we are focused on the here and now or on the contrary, we are scattered in all kinds of thoughts outside the practice. When we stand on one leg we practice concentration and empty our minds of other thoughts.

  • In this pose, you form the position of a tree, where your leg is the trunk, your foot is the roots, your arms are the branches.

The Tree Pose Step by Step

  • Stand up and take the weight of the body to the left foot.
  • Bend the right leg, take the ankle and bring the sole of the foot to the groin of the other leg, with the toes towards the ground.
  • The center of the pelvis above the left foot and the right rotates internally pushing the knee towards the midline.
  • Stretch the arms above the head, join the palms of the hands and bring the coccyx towards the ground.
  • Repeat the same pose using the other leg now.

Tree Pose Benefits

  • Strengthens the thighs, calves, ankles, and spine.
  • Stretches the inside of the thighs, the groin, chest, and shoulders.
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces sciatic pain and flat feet.
  • It provides self-confidence and emotional balance.


You need to be careful while you practice so that you do not lose your balance. In the case of people suffering from high blood pressure, the arms should not rise above.

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