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Virabhadrasana 1: Simple standing yoga posture


What is Virabhadrasana 1 meaning?


Virabhadrasana 1 is a standing yoga pose known to build stamina and physical strength.

This posture is dedicated to lord Virabhadra. Virabhadra is an extremely fierce and fearsome form of Hindu god Shiva.


Virabhadrasana 1 Steps

Follow the below seven steps in order to perform Virabhadrasana 1


  1. Stand in Tadasana.

  2. Inhale, jump and spread your legs and maintain a distance of 4 feet apart.

  3. Exhale, turn your right foot 90 degrees towards the right and left foot 60 degrees towards the right.

  4. Bend your right leg at the knees so that your right thigh is parallel to the floor and the shin is vertical.

  5. Inhale, raise your arm from sideways and join the palms overhead and try taking your biceps close to your ears.

  6. Now look up and gaze at your thumb and stay in this pose for 20 seconds to half a minute breathing normally.

  7. Lower your hands and turn to the opposite direction and repeat the sequence 3 to 6 on the other side for an equal length of time.

  8. After finishing the posture return back to Tadasana.


Virabhadrasana1 health benefits:

  • This posture helps to increase stamina.

  • Tones and makes the leg muscles strong.

  • Expands the lungs which increases the uptake of oxygen.

  • Stretches the shoulders and neck muscles.

Virabhadrasana 1 Contraindications:


1. Always perform this posture under the supervision of an experienced yoga teacher if you are a complete beginner and ensure to do some gentle stretches for warmup.


2. People suffering from severe pain in the knees and ankles must avoid this pose and practice only when the pain is subsided.

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