Veerbhadra asana Warrior pose Veerabhadrasana (Veer-aa-ba-DRA-SUN-aa). This asana pose is named after Virabhadra, a fierce warrior who is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The asana gets its name from the Sanskrit words Vira, meaning warrior, Bhadra, meaning good or auspicious and asana means pose. This asana requires strength and stability .
How to do Warrior Pose Veerbhadrasana
- Veerbhadrasana or Warrior Pose is one of the most beneficial posture. it adds beauty and grace to one’s yoga practice.*We start from the base position which can be Tadasana (simple standing position )or from Parvat (Mountain pose ).
- Gently come and split your legs at a distance of 3-4 feet.
- Now Turn your right foot out at 90 degrees and left foot in at 45 or 60 degrees. Check your front foot should be in line with the centre of the left foot.
- Now gently lift your both arms sideways to shoulder height with your palms facing upwards. Watch your arms if they are parallel to the ground or not.
- Now gently bend your right knee over your second big toe . The knee should be over the ankle .They should be in a straight line.
- Now Slowly look to your right and stretch your arms as far as you can become comfortable with the pose.
- Keep breathing and make an effort to push your pelvis down. Hold the asana for few seconds or counts. Keep breathing as you go down .
- Breath out, bring your hands down from the sides and return back to the base position.
- Repeat the same from the left side. (turn your left foot out by 90 degrees and turn the right foot in by about 45 or 60 degree).
Benefits of the Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana)
- It helps in Strengthening and tones the arms, legs and lower back.
- It helps in mproving the balance of the body and helps increase stamina.
- Beneficial for those with sedentary or deskbound jobs.
- Extremely Beneficial for stiff shoulders.
- It helps in Releasing the stress in the shoulders very effectively in a short span of time.
- Brings auspiciousness, courage, grace and peace.
Contraindications and Cautions of the Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana)
- Practice Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana) If you have experienced spinal disorders recently or just recovered from a chronic illness. please Consult your doctor or do it in the presence of an instructor or teacher.
- People having a problem of High blood pressure should avoid this posture.
- This asana is very beneficial for the pregnant ladies in their second and third month. You can practice with wall support as per requirement.
- It is recommended to Avoid this posture if you had recently suffered from diarrheal or suffering from it.
- People suffering from arthritis or knee pain can use a support or strap to hold this yoga posture