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Feb
2015
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Virabhadrasana I

This standing asana is the first of the three Warrior poses, and is known in English as Warrior 1. Love it or hate it, it refers to an ideal for yoga practitioners where the inner “spiritual warrior” battles self-ignorance (the cause of all suffering). It is a strong, assertive pose that requires focus and inner strength.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Strengthens arms and shoulders
- Strengthens back muscles
- Strengthens legs and glutes (butt muscles)
- Stretches chest, shoulders, belly and hips
- Opens up lungs and chest
- Improves digestion
- Improves balance

MENTAL BENEFITS:

- Improves focus
- Energizes

THERAPEUTIC USES:

- Sciatica

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:

- High blood pressure
- Heart problems

HELPFUL TIPS:

If you have neck pain or discomfort, keep your head neutral, gazing straight ahead instead of up at the hands. If you have shoulder issues, don’t join the palms at the top, but instead keep your arms apart, parallel to each other.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:
http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/warrior-i-pose/

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