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~Branches of the Tree Pose ~

Posted by Brett
I am Glenda's husband. Together we own VitaZen and The Centre at VitaZen.
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on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 in Uncategorized

Tree pose, also known in Sanskrit as Vriksasana (“vriksha” meaning “tree” and “asana”, meaning “posture”), is a fantastic balance posture that is deeply beneficial for all skill levels. While it may appear physically simple, Tree pose demands use of the muscles and the mind in a way that can be quite challenging.  It is fundamental  in building balance, energy, and strength in mind and body. Here is a branch by branch guide to practicing Tree Pose:

  1. Begin in Mountain Pose, (“Tadasana”)

  2. Bring your hands to your heart in Prayer position.

  3. Shift your weight to your left leg, allowing your knee to remain soft or slightly bent if necessary.

  4. Turn your right foot out to the side 90 degrees. You will feel your hip turn to the side as well; adjust your balance to allow this happen.

  5. Bring your right foot onto it’s tip toe.

  6. Choose a focal point on the floor or ground in front of you. This focal point will help you balance and remained focused on your body and breath.

  7. Take a deep inhale, lengthening the spine and standing tall while you breathe in.

  8. On your exhale, slowly bring the bottom of your right foot to the inside of your left ankle.

    1. Note that you want to ‘place’ the foot at the ankle instead of ‘leaning’ on the ankle. There should be very little if any weight on the ankle. The weight of this pose is held on the standing leg and supported by the balance and strength of your upper body.  

  9. Take 4-6 deep, slow breaths here, noticing where you feel balanced, where you feel shaky, and gently adjusting your body as a way to explore this new pose.

  10. If you want to take this pose further, bring your right foot to the inside of your left calf, using a wall for support if necessary. Further still? Bring the heel of your foot all the way up to the top of your inner thigh, toes pointing downward toward your knee.

  11. Continue to breath, letting each breath connect your mind to the aspects of this pose.

  12. Once you have explored the right side of this wonderful pose, try it on the left. Remember balance can change from side to side, and day to day. Regular practice on both sides will help keep you balanced and focused, in and out of the yoga studio.



  • Avoid placing your foot directly on the knee to avoid any risk of knee injury/strain.

  • Explore variations of this pose by lifting your arms up and reaching out (like a tree!)





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