Peaceful Warrior Pose
What is Peaceful Warrior Pose?
Peaceful warrior pose, or shanti virabhadrasana in Sanskrit, is usually practiced in vinyasa classes as a transitional pose between warrior two and downward facing dog or chaturanga. From warrior two pose, the front arm reaches up and back in a gentle backbend while the back arm rests on the back leg.
- Begin in warrior two with the left foot forward.
- Turn the left hand toward the sky. Inhale and reach the left arm up and back, bringing the torso into a gentle backbend. Gaze upward.
- Drop the back arm so that it rests on the right thigh or calf.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Change sides.
- Avoid this pose if there is knee or back injury.
Benefits of Peaceful Warrior Pose
- Strengthens the legs and core
- Opens the hips
- Stretches the legs, groins, arms and shoulders
- Boosts self-esteem
- Opens the chest
- Calms the nervous system
- Improves balance
Peaceful Warrior Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Shanti Virabhadrasana
- SHAN-tee VEER-ah-bhah-DRAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Urdhva (Toward the sky)
- Pose Type
- Backbends, Chest Openers, Hip Openers, Standing Poses, Strength