Virabhadrasana 3

Definition - What does Virabhadrasana 3 mean?

Virabhadrasana 3 is a dynamic standing asana that requires balance, focus and strength. It is named after Virabhadra, an incarnation of Shiva and a powerful warrior in Hindu mythology.

In this asana, the arms are raised overhead with the palms facing each other or touching. The back leg lifts off the ground while the anchored leg remains straight. The body tilts until the arms, torso and back leg are parallel with the ground.

Virabhadrasana 3 may also be referred to as warrior three pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Virabhadrasana 3

Virabhadrasana 3 is the final asana in the traditional three-pose Virabhadrasana series. The first pose in the series represents the arrival of the warrior, materializing out of the ground. The second pose is the warrior sighting his enemy and preparing for battle. This final pose symbolizes moving quickly to attack the enemy.

Traditionally, Virabhadrasana 3 is believed to stimulate the sahasrara (crown) chakra, thereby providing a connection to the universe and a oneness with the Divine. As part of a spiritual practice, activating the crown chakra through this asana brings ego-free serenity, inner peace and joy.

In addition to its physical benefits, this pose reduces anxiety by calming the mind. It can also help improve memory and concentration.

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