Sunday, August 15, 2010

Warrior III

Virabhadrasana III

Balance is one of the most wonderful things. However, if you don't practice balance you lose it. It was believed by many of our ancient yoga sages that lack of balance makes for poor posture which causes the belly to protrude and the mind to be sluggish. Neither of this things sounds like a recipe for good health. So how do we confront our balance head on? One of the best ways is to give your best effort to your balance poses. A good way to do that is with Warrior III.

I love that yoga has poses which offer your body & mind so many wonderful benefits & Warrior III is no exception. This pose strengthens the ankles and legs. It also strengthens the shoulders and back muscles and if you are looking for strong abs this is the pose for you. Warrior III improves balance and posture.

Getting in and out of Warrior III

Note: You can do this pose near a wall if you need additional support.

1. Stand at the back end of your mat. Inhale bringing the hands to up over your head. Step forward on your right foot and lift your left foot off the ground. Fully engage your left leg as if you are standing on it.

2. Exhale and lower your chest towards the floor. You want to keep your leg in line with your side body. Make sure you keep your hips even. Keep your belly pulled in tight.

3. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

4. Inhale lift your chest and lower the leg back to the floor. Repeat on the other side.

1 comment:

  1. One of the best balance poses is Warrior III. Yoga guru Leeann Carey says that it’s also a great strength pose for the core. She has a free yoga video that shows some great prep poses for it that I thought your readers would like: