Standing Poses


Virabhadrasana III (Warrior Pose III)




Level: Advanced Beginners
Category: Standing Pose, Forward Extension, Core Pose, Twist

Vira = hero. Virabhadra = the name of a warrior who was created by the Hindu god Shiva, lord of destruction and patron of yogis, out of a clump of his own hair.

Organizing the pose

    • Come into Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I).
    • Exhale and reach the trunk out and down over the front thigh as if resting the belly on the thigh.
    • Inhale, lightly hop the back leg in a few inches.
    • Reach the trunk out through the arms
    • Straighten the right leg and lift the left to come up into Virabhadrasana III (Warrior Pose III).
    • Stretch the arms and trunk forward and the left leg back.
    • Hold the position for several breaths.
    • Exhale, bend the standing leg and reach back to come all the way back into Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I).
    • Inhale, come back to face center with both legs extended once again.
    • Repeat on the second side, coming through Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I).