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Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior III)


A look at how to do Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior III) in the Iyengar method.

Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior III)

What is Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3)

Warrior 3. This is a challenging standing pose that develops strength, agility, and balance. It is classically entered via Virabhadrasana 1.

In the final form of both these poses, the palms are pressed together and the elbows remain straight. This requires a good deal of shoulder flexibility and integration of the arm work with the torso. While the poses are being learned, and the shoulder muscles conditioned, it is possible to practice with the palms shoulder-width apart, and arms straight.

When to do Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3)

As with all standing poses, this posture is energising. It educates and strengthens the muscles of the legs, arms, and spine. The practitioner learns to balance on one leg, and yet to maintain equal extension in the two sides of the torso.

If the balance is proving difficult, the pose can be worked on with fingertips to the wall. This variation also allows more awareness of the back body, and the student can learn to bring evenness to the hips so that the back of the pelvis is horizontal and s evenly facing es the ceiling.