Warrior One With Prayer Hands

Definition - What does Warrior One With Prayer Hands mean?

Warrior one with prayer hands is a beginner standing posture that improves leg strength and flexibility.

For this posture, the leg and body positioning is the same as in warrior one, with the legs in a high lunge and the forward knee bent at 90 degrees. Instead of extending the arms upward, the hands are placed at the heart center in prayer position.

Warrior one is also known by its Sanskrit name, Virabhadrasana A. Prayer hands is just one of several variations of the pose.

Warrior One With Prayer Hands

Yogapedia explains Warrior One With Prayer Hands

Warrior one with prayer hands has most of the same benefits as the pose with the arms extended overhead, including:

  • Opens the hips
  • Stretches and strengthens the legs
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Boosts energy
  • Promotes a sense of calmness
  • Improves function of the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Energizes the body and mind
  • Improves balance

Other modifications of warrior one include hands on hips, extended arms with a forward bend, and hands on hips with a forward bend.

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