Vrikshasana, Vṛkṣāsana, Vriksha-asana: 4 definitions



Vrikshasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Vṛkṣāsana can be transliterated into English as Vrksasana or Vrikshasana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vrikshasana in Yoga glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Vṛkṣāsana (वृक्षासन, “tree posture”) is a Sanskrit word referring to a type of posture (āsana) used in Yoga. It is composed of the words vṛkṣa (tree) and āsana (posture).

Source: archive.org: Gheranda Samhita

Vṛkṣāsana (वृक्षासन) is one of the thirty-two āsanas (postures) taught in the second chapter of the Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā: “Placing the right foot on the root of the left thigh, stand likea tree on the ground. This is called Vṛkṣāsana”.

Vṛkṣāsana is one of the selected 32 postures amongs 8,400,000 total mentioned by Śiva, according to Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā 2.1-2, “In all, there are as many Āsanas as species of animals. Eighty-four lacs of them are mentioned by Śiva. Out of them, 84 are regarded as important and among these 84, again 32 are good (enough) in this world of mortal beings”.

The 17th-century Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā (mentioning vṛkṣa-āsana) is one of the three classic texts of Haṭha-yoga: a major branch of Yoga, sharing similarities with the Yoga system taught by Patañjali, though claiming its own mythical founder known as Matsyendranātha. This gheraṇḍa-saṃhitā is an encyclopedic Sanskrit treatise describing thirty two such āsanas.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (sculpture)

Vṛkśāsana (वृक्शासन).—On a pillar near the Bhairavanātha in the Tiruveṅgalanātha Temple at Hampi is a fine image of a, long-haired yogin standing in vṛkśāsana, the tree posture. This posture is also seen once at Śṛṅgeri also. On the south wall of the Śṛṅgeri temple, an yogin is depicted with hair tied in a bow-shaped knot, in vṛkśāsana, stands beside a stylized tree, on the other side of which is a long-haired Siddha watching him. The east wall has a female yogini-Siddha, standing in vṛkśāsana, with stylized trees on each side of her to echo her tree posture. Further along this wall is an yogin performing this āsana as part of pañcāgnitapas, the five-fire-austerity. Similar reprsentations of vṛkśāsana are found in many styles and forms in the sculptures of Tañjāvūr, Tiruvotriyūr and Villianūr.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vrikshasana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vṛkṣāsana (ವೃಕ್ಷಾಸನ):—[noun] a yogic posture of standing erect on one foot, the other leg is bent and the bottom of the foot is pressed to the other thigh, and both the arms are thrown up joining both the palms other.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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