Vrksasana (Tree Pose) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.



“vrksa” = tree

Tree Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Balance
  • Spinal Extension


  • Traditional form has arms raised.
  • In Iyengar Yoga, palms meet overhead.
  • “Tight inner thigh muscles might prevent the knee from turning outward. That is why it is important to warm up the inner and outer hips before attempting this pose.” – Olga Kabel, SequenceWiz, Spotlight on a pose: Vrksasana  link

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