The posture looks similar to the ashwattha ( peepal) tree. The arrangement of the limbs looks similar to the spread eagled branches of the tree.
Procedure: stand as shown in the figure. Extending the left hand in line with the shoulder and parallel to the ground, making sure that the knee does not bend. Raise the right arm and keep it adjacent to the ear. After the instructed time, do the same in the opposite direction.
Repetitions: 5 times in each direction.
Benefits and Effects: The peepal is considered to be the ideal tree in India. It is also known as the ‘Amar’, immortal tree. This asana makes the body strong like the peepal. The face becomes more radiant. The waist, thighs, ribs, hands and feet are strengthened. The body remains strong even in old-age. Dispelling rajas and tamas, the asana helps rouse satogun. Just as the peepal tree survives all storms, the practitioner’s physical, mental and moral strength remains undeterred through everything.