Yoga For Balance – Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)

Welcome to Day 2 of “Yoga For Balance”.

Today’s asana is a fierce-looking pose: Virabhadrasana or Warrior Pose.

The beauty and elegance of this asana make it a must-try pose in your daily Yoga routine.

Let’s see how to perform it:

Steps:

  • Stand erect.
  • Leaning forward at the waist, stretch your right leg behind you and bring it to parallel with the ground. Do not bend your knees. Balance your whole body on the left leg.
  • At the same time, stretch your hands straight in front of you. Keep them parallel to the ground for better balance.
  • Keep your spine neutral. Hold this pose for 10-20 seconds and then relax.
  • Perform this pose 5-8 times on each side.

Benefits:

  1. Improves your balance as the entire body is supported on a single leg.
  2. Stretches the muscles of the thighs and hamstrings.
  3. Strengthens back muscles, legs, shoulders, and arms.
  4. Strengthens the abdominal muscles, spine, and pelvis.

If you find this pose difficult to execute, try the variation shown in the image below:

Caution:

Avoid performing this asana if you suffer from the following conditions-

  1. Spinal problems
  2. High BP
  3. Arthritis
  4. Any chronic illness

As always, consult a physician before performing the asana.

Author: Dr. Prajakta Jawalkar

(Come back tomorrow for the next asana in this series).