Yoga Pose Breakdown | Warrior III, Virabhadrasana III

Warrior IIISanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) Virabhadra = Warrior Vira = Hero Bhadra = Friend Asana = Posture

Get Started: :: Begin in a high lunge position :: From a high lunge, stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor and each other :: Shift your weight into your front, bent leg :: Ground down from the four corners of your standing leg and keep that leg strong and           engaged :: Square your hips :: Lengthen the crown of your head to the front of the room :: Engage your back leg and keep it lifted :: Hug your belly in :: Make sure that your arms, torso and raised leg are parallel to the floor :: Steady your gaze

Benefits: Warrior III strengthens the ankles, legs, shoulders and back muscles. It stretches your hamstrings and thighs. It also helps to tone the abdominals. It improves balance and posture.

Contradictions: Be careful practicing this pose if you have high blood pressure.

Know your asana: Virabhadrasana III actually symbolizes Virabhadra taking a sword and cutting off Daksha's head. Full story.

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