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Tree Pose Yoga : Everything You Need to Know about This Yoga Posture

The Tree Pose Yoga, also known as Vrikshasana, is also one of the best-known yoga poses. It demands absolute calm and concentration. They must be anchored in the present moment, thinking only of it, without looking back or into the future. Breathing, which plays a key role in this posture, is a means of achieving absolute concentration. Being in tune with yourself is essential to prevent the tree from falling!

The symbolism of the tree posture

The tree represents the link between earth and sky, the indestructible union between the material (represented by the earth) and the spiritual (represented by the sky). Its roots are firmly anchored in the ground, from which it draws its energy to soar towards the heavens and, if it were human, also towards full awareness and open-mindedness.

In the course of its life, the tree undergoes many transformations and modifications, and in this sense it represents the changes that take place in us human beings.

The benefits of the tree pose

Like all yoga postures, the tree posture has many beneficial effects on the human body, both physical and mental.

First and foremost, the tree posture will help you find a certain balance in your day, bringing calm and relaxation to your mind. Every part of the body is balanced.

The position strengthens and tones the lower limbs, as well as the back and shoulders. It enhances hip flexibility and works on balance, concentration and coordination. In addition to these benefits, it also develops what is known as proprioception.

Proprioception corresponds to deep sensitivity, and refers to the conscious or unconscious perception of different parts of the body in space. This information is transmitted to the brain by receptors located on ligaments, tendons and muscles. A person with good proprioception will be less prone to life's various accidents, such as sprains, falls and so on. And with good reason: this information transmitted to the brain will enable it to control and regulate posture and the body's various movements.

Finally, the tree posture will improve the circulation of the various energies that flow through the body.

Contraindications and precautions

This posture is suitable for yoga beginners, and is virtually risk-free. However, for those with very poor balance, this posture is not recommended to avoid falling.

In this case, the tree posture can be adapted for better balance. To achieve this, the elevated foot can be placed lower, on the leg rather than the thigh. It's also possible to practice this posture in a group, with each participant holding hands to stabilize the whole structure.

Rooting yourself firmly in the ground

Here's how to perform the tree pose correctly and safely.

Start by standing with your feet parallel and slightly apart. Stare straight ahead at a reference point. Note that you'll need to keep your gaze fixed at all times to maintain your concentration and thus your balance.

  • Then place your body weight on one foot, say the left. Feel that you're pushing against the ground under this left foot, and that your leg is toned, well stretched, and won't bend under your weight.

  • Bring the sole of your opposite foot, your right foot, against the medial malleolus of your left foot (the bony protuberance on the inside of the ankle). For the moment, your heel is touching your ankle and your toes are still on the ground. Try to maintain this initial balance.

  • Once this is done, keep your foot level and open your right hip by bringing your right knee outwards. Your right lower limb should form a triangle. The pelvis remains aligned in front, and should not move.

  • Your hands come together at chest level, as if you were greeting someone. Fingers close together, thumbs wide apart, lightly touching your torso.

  • Straighten your upper body, especially your head. Your hands are pressed together, shoulders and elbows relaxed downwards. Tighten your abdomen and buttock muscles to sheathe your whole body and begin to root yourself.

Conclusion on the tree pose

The tree pose can make you feel a profound sense of well-being, harmony and balance that's hard to define if you've never practised it before. Based on its symbolism, the tree posture is truly meaningful, enabling you to get to know yourself better while developing your bodily capacities. What's more, it's particularly suitable for beginners, so anyone can practice it to their heart's content.



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