Reverse Warrior Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Reverse Warrior Pose Mean?

Reverse warrior pose is a standing back-bending pose that provides a deep side stretch. It is considered a variation of warrior two pose (virabhadrasana 2). Reverse warrior stretches many parts of the body and offers a wide range of health benefits.

To enter this pose, the practitioner assumes the leg position of warrior two pose. Unlike warrior two, the rear hand rests on the back leg and the forward arm reaches to the sky, creating an arch in the back. The gaze is up to the sky.

Reverse warrior is also known by its Sanskrit name, viparita Virabhadrasana. It is named after the mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra.

Peaceful Warrior Pose


Yogapedia Explains Reverse Warrior Pose

Reverse warrior is good for stretching the arms and sides of the torso, which strengthen the lower body and open the hips. It also opens the chest and builds core strength. Reverse warrior is a particularly beneficial pose for those with a sedentary schedule.

Other benefits of this pose include:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Reduction in fatigue
  • Calmed mind
  • Increased perseverance and heightened self-esteem
  • Energized body
  • Improved balance

Warrior one and warrior two are good preparatory poses for this asana.

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