Reverse Warrior / Viparita Virabhadrasana
Reverse warrior is a posture that will challenge not only your balance but also your breath. It is a favourite of yogis because of the space we feel in the side body, but very easily we can slouch into this pose creating tension in the lower spine and a crunching of the lower inner ribs.
In Sanskrit: (vip-par-ee-tah veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna)
“Virabhadra” Is an incarnation of the God Shiva
How to come into Reverse Warrior:
- Starting in Warrior ll, keep a bend in the front right knee, as you exhale out turn the palm of the right hand up.
- As you inhale lift your right arm upwards sliding your left hand down the outside of your left leg, being mindful to keep the left leg strong.
- Exhaling you lift the pubic bone up towards the belly button whilst drawing the lower belly inwards.
- Keep lifting through the right hand and draw the shoulder blades together opening the chest out and up.
- Take 5 deep breaths.
- Always keep the bend in the front knee and make sure to tuck the tail bone under by lifting the pubic bone up as this will stop you crunching into the lower spine.
- On the 5th breath out come back into Warrior ll.
Benefits of Reverse Warrior:
- Strengthens the legs.
- Opens the hips, groin and inner thigh.
- Strengthens the core muscles.
- Challenges the balance.
- Opens the side body.
- Relives tension in the lower ribs.
- Challenges the mind.
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