Warrior III or Virabhadrasana III

Poses we love to hate, right? Warrior III or Virabhadrasana III (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh) in Sanskrit. This is one of them for me for many reasons. For me, it takes back strength to extend my arms long and level with the floor. Recently I started to practice a sequence of poses where I practice back stretches and back strengthening poses first. Poses such as Child pose, Lotus, and Cobra. Poses I normally do at the end of a practice when I’m really warmed up. We all love backbends, right again? I love airplane, a variation of Warrior III where your arms are flying back behind you but ask me to lengthen my arms forward and resistance sets in. I got curious and discovered the play with my hands pressed in Anjali Mudra (hands at heart) helped to ground and center me, then lengthening my arms forward from there was pure joy. The flow of breath and the movement made this pose go from a pose I hate to a pose I love. Be curious. Be open to learning. Discover the connection between your mind, body and spirit which is the true meaning of yoga.

Benefits of the pose:

Warrior III strengthens the whole back side of the body, including the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, ankles and back