The "Puranas" describe some of
Virabhadra's other feats fighting demons and protecting the gods and
sages. This great warrior represents the destruction of evil,
ignorance and delusion. In some Hindu traditions, Virabhadra is
worshipped as a separate deity rather than an incarnation of Shiva.
In yoga, the Virabhadrasanas are
powerful poses that promote mental focus and energize the mind and
body. They begin in a lunge position with the forward knee at a
90-degree angle and the back toes at a 45-degree angle. The heels are
in line, and the hips level and square with the top of the mat.
most common variations include Virabhadrasana 1, where the arms are raised overhead with the palms facing each other or touching. It represents the arrival of the warrior, materializing out of the ground. In Virabhadrasana 2, the arms extend out in opposite directions at shoulder height with the gaze looking over the forward arm. This represents the warrior sighting his enemy and preparing for battle. Virabhadrasana 3 begins with the same arm position as in 1, but the back leg lifts off the ground and the arms, torso and leg are parallel with the ground. It symbolizes the warrior moving quickly to attack the enemy.