• Francesca Matteoda

Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Virabhadra was the name of a fierce warrior, and there are 4 warrior poses in Hatha yoga that I know of. Don't ask me why I chose to start with number three, as there is no particular reason other than I fancied it. There are variations, this is just one, but I think it's a pretty standard version. As mentioned in the video, you can stretch your arms out like an airplane if you are finding it hard to balance, but ideally they should be stretched out in front, either with the hands joined together, or (slightly easier) with the arms shoulder width apart, with the palms facing each other.

Obviously, you should be doing this on flat ground and barefoot, not like me in the video! You'll probably notice me trembling a bit as I come out of the pose, as the ground was uneven, and my toes couldn't grip onto anything as they were shut inside trainers!

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not practice this pose if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.

BENEFITS: Tones the legs, strengthens the ankles, works the shoulders and back and improves posture and balance.


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