Hero Pose (Virasana)

Hero Pose (Virasana)

The Hero Pose (Virasana) derives from the Sanskrit word where Vira stands for “Hero” and Asana stands for “Pose” or “Posture”.

The Sanskrit word Virasana is Pronounced As – veer-AHS-anna.

The Hero Pose (Virasana) is meant to overcome inner confusion.

The name translates as Hero Pose because the hero sits only when he has conquered his enemy. 

Things you should be aware of before starting the yoga pose –

  • The pose can be done in the early morning as well as evening.
  • If you are doing the pose in the evening then make sure your stomach is empty.
  • Moreover, there should be at least 4 hours of gap between the meal and the practice of the yoga pose.
  • The yoga pose is for the Beginner level and the style of the pose is Hatha yoga.
  • Also, the duration of the pose should be anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds.

Specialty –

  • Furthermore, the specialty of the pose is that it stretches your Ankles, Knees, and Thighs.
  • It also strengthens the arches of your foot.

How to do –

  • You can kneel down on the ground or floor and also, make sure that your knees are placed under your hips.
  • Moreover, make sure to rest your hands on your knees.
  • To widen the gap between your feets, bring your knees closer to each other. 
  • Also, make sure that the gap between your feets should be wider than the width of your hips.
  • Now, lower your hips in a gentle way and roll your calves away.
  • Moreover, make sure that your hips must be between your heels.
  • Your toes should be pointing in a backward direction.
  • Now erect your spine and also, extend your tailbone.
  • You can hold the pose anywhere between 30 seconds to 60 seconds and finally, release.
  • Once comfortable, the pose could be used as a meditative pose.

Tips for Beginners –

  • Further as a beginner, you will find it difficult to maintain your pose on the top of your feet.
  • Also, you need to make sure that you don’t feel any twisting sensation in your knees.

Benefits – 

  • Stretches the ankles, knees, and thighs.
  • Improves Digestion.
  • Ease the symptoms of menopause
  • Improves blood circulation in legs. 
  • It also improves body posture.
  • It helps to cure blood pressure and asthma.

Contraindications –

  • Headache
  • Heart Problems
  • Knee Injury

Preparatory Poses –

  • Baddha Konasana

Follow-up Poses – 

  • Padmasana

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