know your aasana


Commonly called the warrior postures, Veerabhadrasana series is used for strength, flexibility and balance.  Veerabhadrasana 1 is brilliant asana to improve flexibility, strength and focus.

What is so special about Veerabhadrasana 1?

This is a widely practiced standing asana. Besides, increasing the lower back strength and flexibility, it also increases focus. A spiritual warrior bravely does battle with the universal enemy. That is, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering.


Self-awareness and self-confidence are the properties of the Manipura Chakra. On the physical level the function of this Chakra is similar to that of a fireplace. Just as a mother protects and nourishes her child, the Manipura Chakra safeguards and supports our life by distributing the energy that we take in through eating, drinking and breathing.

Benefits of Veerabhadrasana 1

  1. Encourages good blood circulation and respiration
  2. Improves balance and stability
  3. Improves Focus: Warrior I is awesome for teaching body awareness and increasing the body-mind connection. This powerful stance can help you gain inner strength and courage, while improving your focus.
  4. Great Stretch and strengthener
  • Stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly, groins (psoas)
  • Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back
  • Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles


Stretch your torso while lowering your hips.


  • Avoid lifting the arms incase of severe shoulder-neck ache
  • Avoid stretching the lower back inacse of severe back pain

Veerabhadrasana 1 is a compulsory asana while practicing Hatha yoga. And it’s also used in the Vinyasa flow, along with it’s variations.

Start with the warrior asana and eventually you feel more like the spiritual warrior. Keep practicing 🙂

Iti Jain


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