Warrior One Pose


What is Warrior One Pose?

Warrior One pose, or Virabhadrasana A, is one of yoga's most famous poses. It's a standing posture commonly practiced in vinyasa classes. In this version, referred to as warrior one, the front knee is bent at a 90-degree angle while the back leg stretches back and the torso faces forward. It is part of the Sun Salutation B series, and is often followed by warrior two and warrior three pose.


  • Begin standing. Exhale and step your left foot way back.
  • Place the foot flat on the floor and point the toes 45 degrees to the left.
  • Bend your right knee and align it over your right ankle. Check that your heels are in one line.
  • Inhale and reach your hands up, palms facing each other.
  • Gaze forward and breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if you have had a spinal injury or have high blood pressure.

Benefits of Warrior One Pose

  • Improves strength of the feet, legs, buttocks and core
  • Builds stamina
  • Improves coordination

Warrior One Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana
Pronunciation: VEER-ah-bhah-DRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Balancing, Standing Poses, Strength

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