Tree Pose: How to do Vrksasana

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Hey.! trying to learn Tree Pose but are not able to follow then you are on the right guide for step-by-step instruction to master it. This pose helps you to strengthen your spine and helps to bring stability to the mind.

By reading the below-mentioned step-by-step guide, you will acquire all basics of tree pose. The estimated reading time is 5 minutes.

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What is Tree Pose?

Tree Pose is inspired by the stability and balance of trees. Trees in nature show a perfect example of how a human being should be able to establish his thoughts in a clear and pure manner. The Tree pose is known as Vrksasana (vra-ksa-sana) in the Sanskrit language. Word Vraksasana is formed by two words ‘vruksha’ meaning tree ana ‘asana’ meaning ‘posture’

Tree pose is a posture replicating a tree, depicting the tree’s stability and groundedness. In this standing pose, we stand tall with arms making namaskaram pose above the head.

Name of Yoga PoseTree Pose (Vrksasana)
Difficulty LevelBeginner

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Come to a standing position with arms straight on the sides of the thigh.
  2. Lift your left foot, and grab your left foot knee with both hands. Try to find stability in this position. Once you fill comfortable with your balance move to the next step.
  3. Now with the left hand, grab the ankle of your left foot.
  4. With an ankle grabbed, bring the sole of your left foot close to the inner thigh of the standing right foot and try to touch the inner thigh’s topmost point. Make sure the toes of the left foot should be facing toward the ground.
  5. After finding balance in this position, take a full breath and raise your hands overhead forming a namaste pose.
  6. Now make sure your head and spine are straight. You can close your eyes or focus on objects far from you. Focus on your breathing and balance.
  7. After holding this position for 4-5 breaths, Bring down your hands on the sides of the thigh while exhaling.
  8. Gently bring down the sole of the left foot and come to a standing position.
  9. Now repeat this with the right foot touching the inner thigh. Practice 5 sets of each.
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Benefits of Tree Pose

  • Increases alertness and focus of the brain
  • Helps in improving eyesight as you focus on far objects
  • Improves neuro-muscular coordination
  • Brings strength to the inner thigh muscle, ankle

Safety and Precautions

It is recommended that people who have undergone knee or back surgery recently should refrain from this pose. Patients having arthritis, and vertigo should avoid this yoga pose.


Now that you all know the steps, precautions, and prerequisites required for performing vrksasana. Try out this pose every morning for at least 5 sets each. Let me know of any corrections or questions on this pose in the comments.


Who should not do the Tree pose?

People suffering from vertigo, and migraine should avoid performing tree pose. Over obsessed people should practice this step under the guidance of an instructor.

How long should I hold Tree pose?

You should hold a tree pose starting from 30 sec to 1 minute with each foot. Make sure to do 5 sets on each foot to gain maximum benefits.

What is tree pose good for?

Tree pose is good for bringing steadiness to the brain, strengthening muscles, and improving neuromuscular coordination. It helps in relieving sciatic pains.

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