Virasana: The Hero Pose
Vira means hero, so this asana is called ˜Hero Pose. You can meditate on this asana while sitting in basic flower pose. Experts suggest that ˜Virasana’ can help in strengthening the arches of your feet and thus help in treating flat feet. ˜Hero Pose’ can also treat condition arising out of wrong footwear by strengthening the muscle tone of your feet and ankles. Apart from these, it can help in balancing the root chakra.
How to Practice Virasana?
- Bend your knees.
- With your thighs parallel with one another, slowly spread your feet until they are wider than your hips.
- You can now bend your big toes inwards towards each other.
- Supporting yourself with your hands, try to sit between your feet with your buttocks firmly on the ground. If you find this position uncomfortable or feel any pain, you can support your hips by placing a Yoga blanket.
- Sit tall and balance your buttock muscles so as to neutralize the tendency to slump.
- Then draw the abdomen towards your spine.
- Your hips should make a ninety-degree angle with your thighs.
- Rest your hands on your thighs and close your eyes.
- You can now relax your chest and shoulders, lift or lower your chin until you feel complete weightlessness.
- Sit in this pose initially for 30 seconds and gradually increase it to 1 minute.
Benefits of Virasana
- Calms your mind
- Removes your fatigue
- Stretches your quads
- Stretches your thighs
- Encourage deep breathing and calm heart
- Good for your knees
- Opens your chest
- Relieves stomach problems
Virasana or Hero pose should be avoided if one has knee or ankle injury because it can aggravate the condition. Moreover, gaining flexibility on an injured knee takes time and one must be very careful. It is best to do this asana under the assistance of an experienced instructor for good results.