Virabhadrasana III

Virabhadrasana Ⅲ

Warrior 3 Pose

Life is adventure. Are you enjoying now?

All we are struggling warriors for our own wonderful life, because there are various obstacles, many competitors, and tough enemies. We have to get over those with cooperating friends. This is also a side of life adventure. Let’s be a courageous warrior with practicing YOGA!!

This pose, Virabhadrasana Ⅲ, has the name derived from a Indian fierce warrior god. That’s Shiva. He (she?) is famous for having thousand heads, thousand eyes, arms, and thousand feet. So, as you can see, balancing in Virabhadrasana Ⅲ is a bit difficult for beginners. I don’t know that is a reason, though. But, practicing this pose is worth of challenge, because it has benefit of strengthens the ankles, legs, shoulders and muscles of the back. Can I be a like Shiva? hahaha.

How to do Virabhadrasana III

  1. From Mountain pose, step the right foot a foot lengths forward and shift all of your weight onto this leg.
  2. Inhale the arms over your head and interlace the fingers, pointing the index finger up.
  3. As you exhale, lift the left leg up and out, hinging at the hips to lower the arms and torso down towards the floor.
  4. Look down at the floor and stare at a point for balance. Reach out through the left toes and the crown and fingers making one straight line.
  5. Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.
  6. To release: inhale the arms up to lower the leg back to the floor and step both feet together back into Mountain pose.
  7. Repeat on the other side.