As per Hindu Mythology, ‘ Virabhadra’, was the name of a ‘Warrior’, created by Lord Shiva. Hence this pose comes from the creation of the fiercest warrior by Lord Shiva and so the name goes as ‘Virabhadrasana’ or ‘Warrior’ Pose. In Sanskrit ‘Vira’ means ‘Hero’ ‘Warrior’ ‘Vigorous’ and ‘Courageous’, and ‘Bhadra’ means ‘good’ ‘auspicious’. Considered to be a powerful posture replicating the power of a warrior, this pose is the first variation amongst the many under warrior poses. The importance of practicing this pose is emphasised clearly in all schools of yoga as it forms a part of the standing poses which includes balance, stability and stamina. To balance the body with feet more than hip distance apart and raising the arms above your head while gazing at them, requires one to connect the body with the breath. Practicing the alignment of the feet and the knees, along with the torso marks as a great pose to add beauty to one’s body.
Warrior Pose I is considered a base pose as warrior pose i variations can be derived from this pose.Warrior Pose I helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly, groins (psoas)
Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back
Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles
High blood pressure
Students with shoulder problems should keep their raised arms parallel (or slightly wider than parallel) to each other.
Students with neck problems should keep their head in a neutral position and not look up at the hands.
Photo poses in different angles
Find a comfortable and stable stance to start. To prevent the front knee from collapsing in, wrap the muscles around the outer hip to externally rotate the leg.To prevent the ribs from flaring out, engage the core and draw the tailbone down towards the mat, which also keeps the lower back long.
- Seated Warrior Pose I Chair
- Easy Warrior I Pose Chair
- Warrior Pose I Block Between Foot And Wall
- Warrior Pose I Straight Legs Hands On Hips Variation Aqua
- Warrior I Straight Legs Prayer Hands
- Warrior Pose I Airplane Arms Variation Aqua
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Mountain Pose
- Three Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Warrior Pose II
- Humble Warrior Pose
- Warrior Pose III