Adho means downward, mukha means face and vriksh means tree. This posture is mentioned in an ancient unpublished manuscript “Yogāsana – Jaina” as Vṛkṣāsana. This manuscript is a very modern text, not older than 200-250 years (the exact date is not yet known). This manuscript was procured from Rajasthan Prachya Vidya Pratishthana, Bikaner, Rajasthan, a copy of which is available at Kaivalyadhama Library. Check out the link for more details on the research work going on for the same. Given below is the illustration from the same manuscript.
Excerpts from the research work
“The illustration provided in the current manuscript suggests it to be a hand-stand, i.e. keeping the whole body straight in a topsy-turvy position and balancing the whole body on both the palms with straight hands. This hand-stand variation of Vṛkṣāsana is very different from the popularly known variation available in Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā (Digambar & Gharote, 1978, Ch. II / 36), where it has been described as an āsana of standing on one leg with one heel placed at the thigh joint.”
The major obstacle to handstand is the fear of falling, you can practice it against a wall till you get the confidence to try a free handstand.
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