Virabhadrasana or the warrior pose is a series of yoga poses each having its distinctive benefit. In Sanskrit, Vira means brave, Bhadra means friend and Asana means a Pose. Virabhadrasana has many variations and is good for strengthening the shoulders, chest, and legs. It improves balance and relaxes the shoulder muscles.
How to do Virabhadrasana – I (Warrior Pose)?
- Stand straight with the legs spread out. Let there be a distance of at least 3 feet between the two feet.
- Raise the hands above the head and the palms facing each other.
- Turn to the left and slowly rotate the left foot about 90 degrees to the left so that it is aligned with the chest.
- Turn the right foot slightly (around 15 degrees) towards the inside.
- Bend the left knee till the thighs are parallel to the ground. The right leg should remain straight.
- The head, the chest, the left knee and the left foot should be aligned in one direction. Now you may bring the palms closer so that they touch each other.
- Retain this position for few breaths, which should be slow and deep.
- To release the pose, raise yourself up and straighten the left knee. Turn to the right to go back to the original position.
- Repeat this on the other side too. This is done by bending the right knee and turning to the right side and aligning the head, chest, knee, and foot to the right.
Benefits of Virabhadrasana -1 (Warrior Pose)
- Virabhadrasana gives a good stretch to the leg muscles.
- Good for the organs in the abdomen.
- Increases the flexibility of back muscles.
- Improves the nervous balance of the body.
- It can relieve stress in the shoulders.