Virabhadra refers to the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. As per Hindu Mythology, Virabhadra is described as having thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet and wearing a tiger’s skin. Warrior Pose II or Virabhadrasana is a good pose for body balance and stability. It improves stamina and energize the body. It is also good for blood circulation and respiration.
Warrior Pose II or Virabhadrasana: Step-by-Step Instructions
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1) Stand in Mountain Pose or Tadasana.
2) Exhale and separate out your feet with 3 to 4 feet distance.
3) Now raise your arms to your shoulder level just parallel to the floor. Palms facing downwards.
4) Turn your right foot slightly to the right and left foot to the left at an angle of 90 degrees.
5) Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle, such that shin is perpendicular to the floor.
6) Stretch the arms away in both direction from the space between the shoulder blades, just parallel to the ground.
7) Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.
8) Stay in the final posture for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the position of the feet and repeat it to the left.
Contraindications and Cautions
This pose should be avoided in case of High blood pressure, Diarrhea, severe neck and shoulder problems. Avoid the pose in case of recent or chronic injury to the hips, knees or shoulders. However, in case of mild neck pain, it can be done without turning head to the front. Continue to look straight ahead.
Also read about health benefits of reverse warrior pose.
Benefits of Warrior Pose II or Virabhadrasana
1) Stretches groins, lungs, chest and shoulders.
2) Strengthens and stretches the legs, hips, thighs and ankles.
3) Stimulates abdominal organs.
4) Increases body stamina and concentration.
5) Helpful in relieving backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy.
6) Improves blood circulation and respiration and energizes the entire body.
7) Therapeutic for flat fleet, sciatica, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel and infertility.
Over to You
There are four sets of warrior pose that forms a great yogic sequence. These are very basic posture that provides great health benefits in terms of stability & body balance. Warrior poses provides a complete stretch to the body. You should also read below informational posts about other yoga poses: