Holy Fig Tree Pose - Ashwanasana

Holy Fig Tree Pose - YanvaYoga


Holy Fig Tree Pose or Ashwanasana (ahsh-wahn-AH-sah-nah) is an asymmetric balancing yoga pose suitable for beginners. Some consider it to be a variation of Vrikshasana or tree pose where the yogi stands on one leg, the other leg back, one arm up, and the other out. The body spreads wide like a fig tree and is stretched in three different planes while keeping on one-foot stay balanced.

Beginner’s level pose has mental and emotional benefits as well as physical benefits as well as improves one’s sense of balance in space. It promotes static awareness and the opening and stretching of the body wide are the key aspects of this standing-balancing pose.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Stand with both feet joined together
Step 2
Raise the right leg back as far as possible keeping the knee straight or locked
Step 3
Keep the left leg on the floor
Step 4
Now raise the left arm upwards palm facing the front and elbows locked
Step 5
Raise the right arm sideways parallel to the right shoulder palm facing the floor
Step 6
Chest should be expanded.
Step 7
Remain in this position for a count of 10 seconds then repeat it with the other side alternating the position of the legs

Benefits and Contraindications


Improves respiration and circulation

Stretches and strengthens the lower back

Improves balance

Boosts energy

Improves proprioception (perception of body in space)


Hip, ankle, or knee joints, feet, arms, and shoulders injury




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Modifications, Props and Tips

  • Take your time. As with any balancing pose, it’s often easier to come into the pose slowly and with awareness. If you enter the pose quickly, you are more likely to lose your balance, which makes it more difficult to re-gain your balance once it’s been lost.
  • For Balance Difficulties – You can use a chair or a wall to support yourself and regain balance.
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A digital marketer in love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. In 2021, her huge passion for yoga led her to yoga teacher trainings. After successfully completing her studies, Iana received her Yoga Alliance U.S. certification, left the corporate IT world and devoted herself to the development of Yanva. To be able to create the best online yoga space for yoga enthusiasts like her, Iana is constantly learning and improving her skills in various aspects of yoga philosophy, anatomy and biomechanics. Since 2021, she has continued to attend various types of teacher training, including yoga therapy, gives online and offline classes, and conducts local workshops for people who want to learn more about yoga. At the moment, Iana continues to work on her personal practice, improving her hand balancing skills, as well as developing her own training programs.