Parsvottanasana Virasana

Definition - What does Parsvottanasana Virasana mean?

Parsvottanasana virasana is an easier variation of parsvottanasana that offers a less intense stretch and doesn't require as much balancing. The name is actually a combination of the names of two yoga postures: parsvottanasana, known in English as pyramid pose; and virasana, known as hero pose.

To practice the pose, the back leg kneels with the thigh perpendicular to the ground and the opposite leg extended in front with the toes pointing upward. From there, the body folds from the waist over the forward leg, bringing the palms to the floor.

Parsvottanasana virasana may also be known in English as pyramid on the knee pose.

Parsvottanasana Virasana

Yogapedia explains Parsvottanasana Virasana

In addition to its physical benefits, which include improved balance and increased flexibility, parsvottanasana virasana:

  • Improves concentration
  • Calms the mind
  • Develops patience
  • Improves mental clarity

As a forward fold, parsvottanasana virasana supports the flow of energy downward and outward, activating both the sahasrara (crown) and ajna (third eye) chakras. Sahasrara is the connection to the higher Self, while ajna is associated with inner knowledge and intuition.

Because of its connection to the earth, this pose also opens the muladhara (root) chakra. Muladhara provides grounding and a sense of security.

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