Travelling from the sages to the urban yogi, Vrikshasana (Tree pose) represents the grace and serenity of a tree. In the famous Hindu mythology “Ramayan”, Ravana performs severe penances standing in Vrikshasana to win favours from the Gods. He stood in the posture for months with absolute determination and concentration which eventually lead to, Ravana being blessed with a boon by the Gods.
What makes Vrikshasana so special?
Many of the meditative asanas are seated postures. Vrikshasana is a balancing posture which is used by many sages and yogis to meditate. This is a mobile posture, it can be done anytime, anywhere for any duration!! The asana’s beauty lies in its’ simplicity.
Vrikshasana balances the Mooladhara chakra ( root chakra). This chakra regulates the most basic need of all living beings, that is, security and survival. The asana stimulates the energy near the coccyx and pelvic floor. This enables us to feel more safe, secure and stable. Besides building strength in the lower body, on an energy level, we are rooted with the stability of the earth . This ensures that we are more self-aware, courageous, and fearless.
Benefits of Vrikshasana
- Tool for de-stressing- Even just a few breaths in Tree Pose help ground you if you are having a whirlwind week. It creates peace in your mind and in your body, and is a wonderful way to slow down when life gets overwhelming. Curbing anxiety and stress is just one of the emotional responses this posture encourages, and it naturally cools you off and balances the fight or flight response.
- Strengthens the lower body – Standing on one leg enhances the strength in your ankles and feet — which is very important for runners. Moreover it strengthens the thighs and calves too.
- Stretches the groins and inner thighs, chest and shoulders. It opens the hip flexors and is great for hip mobility.
- Improves sense of balance , therefore this is a preparatory posture for other balance asanas.
- Improved focus: While holding the asana, we look at one point, it is called Drishti in Yoga. This is beneficial to improve the focus and concentration.
In case of high blood pressure, avoid raising the arms.
Fix your gaze on one point.
Finally, you are all set to practice Vrikshasana while experiencing the mental and physical bliss. And if this seems too easy, try closing your eyes while balancing (at your own risk) or watch out for our next balance blog.