Yoga – Virabhadrasana 1


Yoga basic stretches, Yoga Virabhadrasana 1 and its benefits, Yoga Warrior pose 1 and its benefits

Virabhadrasana is a sequence of poses, that commemorates the exploits of a brave warrior named Virabhadra. Virabhadrasana in English roughly translates to Warrior Pose (Virabhadra = brave warrior + aasana = pose). This series of aasanas is a sequence of stretches, which requires you to hold in 3 stances; this post will shed light only on the first stance/ pose/ aasana. The Warrior 1 pose or the Virabhadrasana 1 mimics the arrival of Virabhadra, with swords in both hands, thrusting his way up through the earth from below.

How to do Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1

  • Inhale and Begin with Tadasana, standing tall.
  • Stepping back with left leg and transfer the weight onto the right leg
  • Turn the foot of the left leg out about 30 to 45 degrees, so that you do not feel wobbly maintaining your balance
  • Ensuring that the hips are facing forward, bend the right knee.
  • Inhale, raise the arms above the head in a namaste mudra.
  • Lift the head to look up and gaze in between the hands.
  • Hold for as long as you can, I usually hold for 3 to 4 breaths.
  • Slowly lower the arms, straighten the right knee and step the left foot in to Tadasana.
  • Repeat on the opposite side. Do a set of 4 to reap the benefits of this stretch

The video below will give you a clearer picture, although this one is different from that of what I have narrated above:

Yoga basic stretches, Yoga Virabhadrasana 1 and its benefits, Yoga Warrior pose 1 and its benefits


  • Avoid this pose if you suffered chronic injury to the hips, knees, back or shoulders.
  • Avoid lifting hands above your head if you are suffering from High Blood Pressure. Instead, bring your hands to the chest to make a namaste mudra.

Benefits of Warrior 1 or Virabhadrasana 1

  • Stretches the front of your body, arms, legs, chest and core
  • strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves and ankles
  • opens the hips and chest
  • Develops concentration & balance

Have you tried Virabhadrasana or Warrior 1 pose from Yoga – Basic series, that mimics the Mythical Warrior named Virabhadra? I’d love to hear your feedback, do comment here or you can reach me on Facebookย |ย Twitterย | Instagram | Bloglovinย |


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67 Replies to “Yoga – Virabhadrasana 1”

  1. I am more of a runner, so yoga never really interested me. Loved reading your piece though!


  2. yoga is great for body however i am too lazy to accomodate it in my routine..I better start soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. im not a very athletic person and I think yoga is perfect for me. thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. very well explained.. This is great for back pain and bring inner and courage ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I think it’s time I give Yoga one more try , you make these postures look really easy but I know it’s not because I practiced Yoga once for my back pain and even though I got some relief I became lazy to continue. Lovely post and your outfits are so nice.

  6. I’ve fallen away from yoga the past few months and really really missed it. I started my daily practice this week and hope I can keep it up moving forward. I just feel so much better when I practice.

  7. Great post! And awesome clicks ๐Ÿ™‚ You have taken a great initiative of spreading the awareness about effectiveness of yoga.. Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What a beautiful pic of you. Thx for sharing this post.

  9. They throw a bit of yoga into the HIIT routines I do sometimes, so I’ve been known to do a warriot pose haha. Cool post, love the shots <3


  10. Your posts are very inspirational and love the healthy lifestyle you promote. Also that is one amazing location to do Yoga ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’ve been wanting to start doing yoga so this was a great intro ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!


  12. Wow u r AWESOME..I have been pushing myself to start doin Yoga..but still not able to get my lazy ass there..
    Now u r really inspiring me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great Post.. Thanks for Sharing !
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