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How to Do Warrior 1 Pose – Virabhadrasana 1

Warrior 1 — Virabhadrasana 1 is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra. Virabhadrasana I stretches the whole front side of the body while strengthening the thighs, ankles, and back. This is a powerful standing pose that develops stamina, balance, and coordination. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet. In ‘Yoga and You’ we will see How to Do Warrior 1 Pose – Virabhadrasana 1.

  1. Starting from Tadasana
  2. The arms are stretched up, palm touching.
  3. Inhaling spread the legs sideways by jumping or stepping, creating a gap of 2/3 body height.
  4. Exhaling turn the trunk facing to the left while rotating the left foot 90° so it faces forward and the right foot so it points slightly to the right
  5. Bend the left knee till the thigh is parallel to the floor, avoid extending the bent knee past the ankle and keeping the other leg straight.
  6. Stretch the right leg, with the knee locked.
  7. The head, chest, left knee and left foot should be aligned facing forward.
  8. The head should be bent back and up with the eyes facing the hands.
  9. Hold the asana from one to four breaths.
  10. Return to Step 4 repeat on the other side.
  11. Finally exhale and jump into Tadasana.
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