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Veerabhadrasana

Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana is one of the most graceful yoga postures and it adds beauty and grace to one’s yoga practice.

Steps to perform Veerabhadrasana

  • Stand straight with your legs wide apart by a distance of at least 3-4 feet.
  • Turn your right foot out by 90 degrees and left foot in by about 15 degrees.
  • Lift both arms sideways to shoulder height with your palms facing upwards.
  • Breathing out, bend your right knee.
  • Turn your head and look to your right.
  • As you settle down in the yoga posture stretch your arms further.
  • Make a gentle effort to push your pelvis down. Hold the yoga posture with the determination of a warrior. Smile like a happy smiling warrior. Keep breathing as you go down.
  • Breathing in, come up.
  • Breathing out, bring your hands down from the sides.
  • Repeat the yoga posture for the left side (turn your left foot out by 90 degrees and turn the right foot in by about 15 degrees).

 

Benefits

  • Strengthens and tones the arms, legs and lower back.
  • Improves balance in the body, helps increase stamina.
  • Beneficial for those with sedentary or deskbound jobs.
  • Extremely beneficial in case of frozen shoulders.
  • Releases stress in the shoulders very effectively in a short span of time.
  • Brings auspiciousness, courage, grace and peace.

 

Contraindications

  • Practice Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana) only after consulting your doctor if you have experienced spinal disorders recently or just recovered from a chronic illness.
  • High blood pressure patients should avoid this posture.
  • Veerabhadrasana especially benefits pregnant ladies in their second and third trimester provided they have been practicing yoga regularly. Practice Veerabhadrasana while standing close to a wall so you can support yourself if required. However do consult your doctor before doing this yoga posture.
  • Avoid this posture if you are suffering or had recently suffered from diarrhea.
  • If you have knee pain or arthritis, use some support at the knee to hold this yoga posture.