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July 31, 2014 | by Laura Kasperzak
Daily Practice: Reverse Warrior

Reverse Warrior, or Viparita Virabhadrasana, is a variation on Warrior II but with a slight backbend. Just like the other Warrior poses, Reverse Warrior strengthens the legs and stretches the groin and hips. The added benefit to Reverse Warrior is that it also stretches the obliques, chest and shoulders. Warrior I, Warrior II and Reverse Warrior are almost always included in my morning practice.

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From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot in between your hands and rise up into Warrior I. Look up and watch your palms touch; then open up into Warrior II. Make sure your right knee is directly over your right ankle and your right thigh is parallel to your mat. On an inhale, rotate your right palm up.  On the exhale, start to lean back…Your left hand will slide down the left leg. Your right arm will extend up and overhead, palm facing down. Your legs should remain the same and your hips should remain open. Actively reach with your right hand. Feel the stretch running down the right side of your torso. Open your heart up towards the sky. Gaze up or gaze down towards the ground…whatever feels good to you.

On an inhale, rise back up into Warrior II. On the exhale, windmill the hands down and step back into Downward Facing Dog.  Repeat on the left side.


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