Warrior III is a challenging and beautiful pose. Aligning us with our inner and outer strength, this is a pose that requires concentration, strength, and balance.
The physical benefits of the pose:
Strengthens the legs, feet, and ankles
Builds focus, balance, and improves posture
Strengthens the core
Strengthens the arms and shoulders
Stretches the entire body, particularly hamstrings, inner thighs, shoulders and arms
Warrior III is also known as ‘Virabhadrasana III’, and is named after a Fierce Warrior, one of the incarnations of Shiva.
There are many different ways to come into Warrior III. Typically in my own practice and when I teach, we start in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) or in Warrior I.
Starting from Warrior I, transfer the weight into the front leg
Slowly the upper body charges forward
Torso parallel to the ground
The back leg lifts, hips square to the floor
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