The name Vrikshasana comes from sanskrit words, where ‘Vriksha’ means tree and ‘Asana’ means pose or posture. When this asana is performed effectively, it would seem that a tree.
Stand straight in Tadasana. Now while inhaling raise and fold your right leg and place it on the left thighs with the toes pointing downwards. The right leg should be perpendicular to the left leg. Now inhale and extend your arms and make Namaskara Mudra with your palms. This is the complete position of Vrikshasana. Try to make your spine straight and feel the stretching from toes to fingers. Breathe normally and stay in the position for sometime. While exhaling bring your arms and leg down. Repeat this with left leg too and this asana is complete.
Benefits: It helps in strengthening the spine while improving both balance and pose. It enhances concentration and activates all the mental faculties. The eyes, inner ears and shoulders are also straightened in this pose. It tones the leg muscles and helps knees to become stronger. Practising this asana improves and aids neuro-muscular coordination.
Cautions: People suffering from high and low blood pressure, migraine, insomnia, acute knee problems and hip injury should avoid this asana.