An Easy Guide to Yoga Hero, or Virasana
Yoga Hero, or Virasana, is great for resting at the end of the day, as it is relaxing and calming but also stretches the feet, to alleviate tension. It is also a great yoga pose for meditation, and is therapeutic, helping to relieve high blood pressure.
With Yoga Hero comes the serenity of being properly grounded - a straight spine, a strong centre and an air of calm - rooted, but ready for anything.
This yoga pose will also open the knee and hip joints and stretch the arches of your feet - excellent prep for sitting meditation.
Just watch out for your knees!
Watch a clip for this yoga pose
How to do Yoga Hero, or Virasana, in easy steps
Start with your hands and knees on the floor. Support the legs and with with a folded blanket if required.
Come to kneeling. Bring the knees together and separate your feet until they are slightly wider than your hips.
The feet are pointing directly backward, not turning in or out.
Exhaling, sit down between your feet, drawing the flesh of the calves outwards to create more room. Slowly lower your hips to the mat.
If you find it hard to come to the floor or if it is uncomfortable for your knees, sit on one or two blocks placed between your feet.
Place the hands on your thighs with the palms facing downwards.
Extend your upper body, spine erect, tailbone down.
Inhale and broaden your chest, creating space between your collarbones. Shoulders are relaxed and rolling back, shoulder blades moving down towards each other.
Stay for 5 breaths to begin with, gradually increase the time to several minutes.
To release, raise the torso, scoot the feet in front of you and relax. You might like to try a seated forward bend to stretch out your legs.
Yoga pose category: Kneeling
If your ankles or feet feel painful in this position, try using a cushion or a blanket to minimise the pressure on them –it’s important that you feel comfortable and relaxed in this position.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Vira - hero or chief
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Yoga Hero has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Yoga Hero if you have any of the following health conditions:
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