Shine Some Light on Reverse Warrior Pose!

Shine Some Light on Reverse Warrior Pose!

The Department of Health and Human Services designated September ‘National Yoga Month’ in 2008. It’s celebrated with festivals, numerous free yoga class offerings at participating studios across the nation, and other yoga awareness campaigns designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. See more at: http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/yoga_month

Yoga Digest is celebrating National Yoga Moth by offering a yoga pose to practice each day throughout the month.
Reverse Warrior Pose, in sanskrit, Viparita Virabhadrasana. “Virabhadrasana” was a powerful, warrior incarnation, or birth, of Lord Shiva, who is also known as the Lord of the Dance and the dispeller of dark forces. It’s commonly seen in vinyasa style classes where the body follows the breath. It’s a great transition pose and a beautiful opener for the heart and torso. Brighten up your day today and celebrate National Yoga Month with us by practicing Reverse Warrior Pose!

HOW TO DO REVERSE WARRIOR POSE

Begin standing with the feet about shoulder width apart. Turn to the right as your turn your toes on the right foot out so the feet are perpendicular. Bend the right knee until you a sensation in the quadricep or top of the thigh muscle. Extend your right arm up over the head you are lengthening the right side torso. The left hand will reach back toward the left leg. Take your gaze up toward the top hand and lift the chest, creating a backbend. Take 5 deep inhales, matched by 5 full exhales through the nose. You can bend back or step the feet wider apart for more sensation! Switch and do the other side.

WHY TO DO REVERSE WARRIOR POSE

Reverse Warrior Pose:

  • Strengthens the legs and spine
  • Increases stamina
  • Stretches the inner thighs and hips
  • Helps keep the spine flexible

Now that you’ve mastered reverse warrior pose, go give it a try right away!  Your body will thank you!

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