Veerabhadrasana A


Warrior pose - builds focus, power, stability and strength...

Veerabhadrasana a.k.a. “Warrior Pose” gets is name from the great warrior Virabhadra; incarnation of Shiva. It is part of the Prana Vashya™ Primary Series standing sequence series of postures which are designed to work all the muscles that support the pelvis. The sequence also prepares you for back-bending.


How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, inhale and turn to the right with your feet apart by 3-4 feet and your arms extended; level with your shoulders. Turn your right foot to the right by 90 degrees and turn your left foot to the right by about 45 degrees so that both of your feet are turned right. Then, as you exhale, square your chest and hips forward and bend your right knee so that the thigh is at a right angle to the floor.

With every inhalation, extend your arms to open your chest. With every exhalation, try to square your hips further to bend the knee. Hold for five full breaths. Repeat on the other side.


If you are struggling to hold this pose you can take your hands to your hips to begin with.


Benefits

Veerabhadrasana A:

  • Dissolves body fat from the waistline

  • Strengthens and stretches the inner thighs

  • Increases stamina

  • Helps with backache

  • Therapeutic for flat feet, infertility and sciatica


Contraindications

Avoid this posture if you have issues with high blood pressure.

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