Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practicing and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practitioner.
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
This pose is frequently found linking poses during a vinyasa or Sun Salutation series. It is also practised as a stand-alone pose and is commonly used in Yoga for Surfers classes or where there is a focus on strong poses linking the breath and movement.
This pose builds stamina and strength in the legs as well as stretching the psoas, quadriceps and lower back.
Care should be taken around contraindications such as heart problems and high blood pressure. Variations should be taken for those with neck or shoulder problems, including keeping arms at should height or hands on hips (as opposed to raise above your head), and keeping head and neck facing forwards (as opposed to looking up).
Vira means warrior. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’. In mythology, Virabhadra was a fierce warrior of Lord Shiva’s army.