Virabhadrasana Yoga (The Warrior Pose) is derived from the words Vira means hero or warrior, Bhadra means friend or auspicious and Asana means posture. It requires strength and stability.
This pose is excellent for the overall vitality and strengthening of the body. This asana has its roots with mythology: Virabhadra is the name of the fierce warrior (an incarnation of Shiva) having thousand heads, eyes and feet.
Steps of Virabhadrasana Yoga (The Warrior Pose):
1. First, start with the Mountain Pose or Tadasana.
2. Now keep your legs around four feet apart from each other.
3. Now raise your arms parallel to the floor and turn your head to the left.
4. Then turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and bend your left knee. The angle of hips and arms should be same i.e. 180 degrees.
5. Stay in this position for 30 – 60 seconds.
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Benefits of Virabhadrasana Yoga (The Warrior Pose):
- This pose improves the digestive system and stimulates abdominal organs.
- It helps to boost the stamina.
- It is an excellent pose for pregnant women in their second or third trimester. However one must consult a physician before doing this asana.
- It relieves back pain.
- It improves blood circulation throughout the body.
- It develops balance and stability.
- It acts as a stress reliever.
- It strengthens your shoulder, thighs, legs, arms, and ankles.
- It enhances breathing capacity by extending the chest.
- It reduces stiffness in your neck and shoulders.
- It calms the mind and improves concentration.
Precaution Virabhadrasana Yoga (The Warrior Pose):
- Should be practiced on an empty stomach.
- A person suffering from high blood pressure should avoid this asana.
- Pregnant women should do this asana near a wall so that you can take support if necessary to balance your body.
- People suffering from diarrhea should not try this asana.
- Avoid this asana if you have recent knee, shoulder or hip injury.
- Do not perform this asana if suffering from spinal disorders.