‘Vruksha’ means a tree. In this asana, the body assumes the shape of a tree. So it is called Vrukshasana.

Technique :

  • 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.

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