‘Vruksha’ means a tree. In this asana, the body assumes the shape of a tree. So it is called Vrukshasana.
- Stand on either leg. If difficulty is experienced to balance the body on one leg, take the support of a wall.
- Bend the other leg at the knee and place its heel at the root of the thigh of the former leg as shown in the figure.
- Join the palms and raise the arms straight over the head as if you are making an obeisance to the sky.
- Straighten the elbows. Inhale slowly.
- Hold this position for about ten seconds.
- Then repeat the pose, standing on the other leg.
- This exercise can be practiced four to six times a day.
Advantages of Vrukshasana :
- The pose tones up all the joints of the body.
- It supplies blood to the blood vessels of the toes, the knees, the elbows, etc. in sufficient quantity.
- The hands and the legs become flexible by the practice of this asana. It makes the chest shapely.