Yoga Pose: Virasana (Hero Pose)
by Kerrie Cason
Vira = Man, Hero
Asana = Posture
Virasana (Hero Pose) Description:
Kneel on the floor; your knees should be touching. With the tops of your feet flat underneath you, separate them so they rest on either side of your hips. Inhale, allow yourself to elongate the spine, let your shoulders fall away from your ears. Exhale; start to sit down between your ankles. Before you fully rest your buttocks on the floor, take a moment to slide the calf muscles towards your heels. This will enable you to be more comfortable in the pose.
Your sit bones should be resting on the floor. If this is not available to you, then place a block or a blanket under them. Be sure to press evenly through the tops of your feet. Check to see that your buttocks are fully supported. Inhale to grow tall once more. Use your exhale to settle into the posture, bringing the shoulder blades onto your back and lift up with your sternum. Rest your palms on the tops of your knees. Palms face-up will allow you to receive more energy, and palms face-down will provide a more grounding energy.
Close your eyes and breathe. As you inhale, feel the breath move down your spine towards the tailbone. As you exhale, feel the breath moving up the front of your body, clearing space for new prana (life force) to take seed. Try to make each inhale as long as your exhale, holding for a moment at the top and bottom of each breath you create.
When you’re ready, open your eyes and lean forward, bringing the palms of your hands onto the floor. Crossing your ankles behind you, sit back once more and bring your legs forward. Slowly bend one knee at a time. When you’re ready, come up to stand at the top of your mat in Tadasana.
Virasana (Hero Pose) Benefits:
Virasana (Hero Pose) Risks:
Virasana (Hero Pose) Contraindications: (Risks that make this posture inadvisable)
– Quadriceps (If Injured)
– Knee Injury
Yoga Pose Instruction for Green Eggs and Planet, by Kerrie Cason
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