Find your courage with the Warrior pose

Category: Article or Blog Published: Thursday, 05 November 2015 Written by Sarah PJ White

The Warrior pose is a fundamental pose (or asana) in yoga. It’s also a great one for beginners and advanced yoga practitioners alike, as it’s both approachable and less intimidating them some of the other asanas. It’s also a strength-building one too – for both your mind and your body.

In Sanskrit, the warrior pose is ‘virabhadrasana’ – derived from the word ‘Virabhadra’ – the name of a great warrior in Indian mythology. The warrior pose is said to bring you similar qualities to that of the great warrior – spirituality and enlightenment.

The Warrior pose enables you work on both your strength and steadiness – and with three variations of the pose – your ability to feel the benefits isn’t dependant on your level of fitness and flexibility. All warrior asanas allow you to build strength and body awareness, whilst also increasing your overall confidence levels. Each of the poses improve your circulation and energises your body.

But it’s also important to remember that yoga poses not only help your physical body, they also mirror the benefits internally, so they also help improve your mental and emotional wellbeing too. All three variations offer you the following benefits:

Physical benefits

As with all yoga asanas, the Warrior pose will improve the strength and flexibility of various muscles and joints. This includes:

  • Legs – including the muscles in your thighs, hips, ankles and feet
  • Your bottom and hips – as well as hip rotation
  • Core muscles and stabiliser muscles
  • Your upper body – including chest, spine, shoulders and arms
  • Endurance building – especially if you practice holding the position for longer periods of time
  • Your overall balance

Mental wellbeing

The Warrior pose makes you more aware of your body and what’s going on with it – for example, where you’re holding tension and stress, along with the ability to release them. It also practices the art of concentration, relaxation and better breathing.

Outside of the yoga studio the Warrior pose gives you a better understanding of your posture and body awareness generally, along with the ability to keep your focus on the present – especially in difficult situations.

Emotional benefits

The emotional benefits of the Warrior asana include the strength to stand strong, with an open chest and heart, enabling you to summon up an inner strength and courage. It really is a ‘loud and proud’ pose – something that can feel odd if you’re used to being timid! But it also enables you to find that inner stillness of mind and body, enabling you to better balance your emotions and find the inner courage to stand strong in uncomfortable moments.

 

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