Woman practicing the yoga posture surya virabhadrasana - sun warrior

Surya Virabhadrasana - Sun Warrior

September 29, 2020

Surya Virabhadrasana - Sun Warrior

su-rie-YAH veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh.

Surya = sun.

Vira = warrior or hero.

Bhadra = friend.

Asana = steady pose or posture.

This posture is also known as reversed warrior, it will release tension in the sides of the body and the inner thighs, it will also help to strengthen the legs and keep the spine agile.

How to Perform Surya Virabhadrasana

Begin standing with your feet leg length apart and the outside edges of your feet parallel. Take a moment to feel that you have distributed your weight evenly through the soles of your feet, draw up your lower abdominal muscles, lengthen your spine and soften your shoulders away from your ears.

Rotate your right leg outwards so that your foot is pointing to the right, lift your arms up level with your shoulders with your palms facing down. Bend your right knee so that your right thigh is parallel to the floor and the right knee is over the right ankle, moving into Warrior 2.

Look to the right, turn your right hand over and drop your left hand down to rest on your left thigh, lengthen your torso and then lean your whole body to the left whilst lifting the right arm so that it extends up. Look towards your right palm, hold for ten complete breaths and then repeat on the other side.

This blog article was written by Sue Fuller creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes and teacher training courses.