Tree Pose or Vrksasana looks simple enough! Surprisingly, standing on one foot can be much more of a challenge than most of us may imagine. The pose is an ideal beginner balancing posture, but still offer benefits to students of all levels. Like most yoga poses, Tree pose can surprise you with it's demands.
There are a variety of Tree Pose variations. However, you will always be standing on one foot. Yogis can vary the placement of the second foot by placing it higher or lower on the standing leg to help aid with balance. The arms may be extended above the head or kept at the chest in Anjali Mudra.
Some students may also add a side stretch to the posture as shown in the above photo. It's also common to challenge your balance by closing your eyes. Otherwise, it's a good idea to focus on a fixed location in front of you to help make it easier to balance.
To practice the pose, slowly shift your weight onto one foot, keeping the foot flat on the ground. Place the other foot on the inside of your thigh above the knee. Be careful not to place the foot on the inside of the knee. Keep the hips open, align your hips, shoulders and pelvis. Reach the hands upward above the head or keep clasped at the chest.
Tree Pose offers a variety of benefits, some of which are listed below. Enjoy the pose!