Lotus Petal Yoga

VIABHADRASANA III (WARRIOR III)


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Vria = Hero, Brave; Bhadra = Virtuous; Asana = Posture

From Tadasana one leg is brought forward about 2 feet. Kneecaps on both legs are lifted and quadriceps engaged. The torso comes forward as the back leg lifts. Body is lowered until it reaches parallel with the ground. Hip of the extended leg is dropped so that the hips are level. Arms can move into many variations: at heart center, reaching out palms facing each other or reaching out with all ten fingers interlaced except the index fingers which are pointed forward. Head is in line with the spine and neck is lengthened. Spine is tractioned as the pelvis and rib cage are stretched away from each other.

Benefits of the posture:

  • good for low back pain
  • strengthens legs
  • helps support good balance
 

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