Warrior One Forward Bend

Definition - What does Warrior One Forward Bend mean?

Warrior one forward bend is an intermediate standing posture that increases flexibility and promotes leg strength.

For this position, the legs are the same as in warrior one pose, which is in a high lunge with the forward leg at roughly a 90-degree angle. The arms remain extended alongside the head as the yogi maintains a straight back while folding over the extended leg.

Warrior one pose is also called Virabhadrasana A in the ancient Sanskrit language. The forward bend is just one of several variations of the pose.

Warrior One Forward Bend

Yogapedia explains Warrior One Forward Bend

Warrior one forward bend creates more length in the spine than warrior one pose and provides a deeper hamstring stretch of the rear leg. This pose offers a wide range of physical and mental benefits, including:

  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Energizes body and mind
  • Calms the mind
  • Strengthens the legs, feet, ankles, shoulders, arms and neck
  • Stretches the entire length of the back of the body
  • Stretches the legs, arms, shoulders and sides
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Stimulates the internal organs
  • Promotes introspection
  • Provides a cooling effect on the body

As with all of the various modifications of warrior one, yogis who suffer from knee, back or hip injuries should not practice this pose. Those with neck, shoulder and arm injuries should practice a modified arm position such as prayer hands in front of the chest or hands on hips.

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