Warrior I Pose - Virabhadrasana I
About Warrior I Pose
The warrior I pose is categorized as a standing yoga asana. The name of the pose in no way denotes violence or physical aggression. It is merely a reference to the role of the yoga practitioner as a spiritual warrior who strives to reach the coveted plateau of inner peace and harmony. The warrior I pose is excellent for building stamina, overall strength, agility and balance! Practicing a few simple warm-up yoga poses will prepare your body for the warrior I pose sequence and prevent cramps, strains and muscle injuries. The adho mukha svanasana, gomukhasana, supta virasana, upavistha konasana, virasana and vrkasana are appropriate and effective warm-up preparatory poses.
Step By Step Instructions
These easy-to-follow guidelines will help you perform the warrior I pose sequence in the correct manner!
- Position yourself in the Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
- Shift your left foot to the side so that there is a distance of about 4 feet between the right foot and the left foot.
- Now swivel your left foot about 90 degrees to the left side, and turn your right foot about 45 degrees to the left side.
- Turn your torso to the left side also. Bend the left knee while keeping the right leg extended straight out behind you.
- Raise both arms up towards the ceiling. Keep the fingers stretched out and keep both palms facing each other.
- Hold the warrior I pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute at least. Come back up to the original position and repeat the warrior I pose sequence with the other leg.
The warrior I pose is especially beneficial for strengthening and stretching various parts of your body!
- Stretches the chest and improves breathing capacity.
- Stretches the neck, shoulders, abdomen and groins.
- Stretches and strengthens the ankles, calves and thighs.
- Strengthens the muscles in the shoulders, arms and back.
- Enhances the body’s sense of balance and stability.
Things to Remember!
Individuals suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure should refrain from attempting the warrior I yoga pose. Individuals with neck or shoulder injuries should consult a yoga professional for suitable modifications to the warrior I pose sequence.