‘Vriksha’ means tree in sanskrit. In this asana, the body stays upright like a tree. This is also called Ardha (half) Chandrasana.
Stand straight and keep both the legs together. With the right hand lift the right foot and keep the right heel pressed against the right hip so that the toes point downwards. Balance the body in this position. Then bring both the palms together in the middle of the chest in ‘Namaskar’ (greeting) pose and breathe normally. Stay in this position as long as you can and reverse all the steps to the standing position and repeat the same procedure on the other side. Do it five times on both the sides.
If done regularly, the stiffness of the joints in the feet, ankles and knees is relieved with reduction of arthritic pain. The muscles of the legs are also strengthened.