All variations of virabhadrasana are named for a fierce warrior in Hindu mythology, Virabhadra. His power inspires this series of poses. But baddha virabhadrasana also has a humbling side, as the focus in drawn inward in a simulation of bowing to the Divine. As such, it fosters acceptance of the body and the mind.
Traditionally, baddha virabhadrasana is believed to open the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which governs abundance, joy, wellness, creativity and sexuality. It also stimulates the sahasrara chakra, which connects the practitioner to divine energy and the higher Self.
Additional benefits of this asana include:
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Opens the lungs and chest
- Stretches the shoulders, arms, legs, back and neck
- Opens the hips
- Strengthens the legs and ankles