About the Pose
vira = hero; asana = posture
Hero Pose | Virasana is the blueprint pose for any of the seated asanas with similar positioning of the leg and foot. It is an excellent preparation for any more advanced asana that requires plantarflexion with toe abduction, like many backbends and inversions.
It also prepares well for twists. As in twisting, the effort to lengthen the spine away from the pelvis, without moving the pelvis itself, is a challenge that teaches a valuable skill.
Hero Pose | Virasana is also a wonderful asana for guided relaxation, pranayama, and seated meditation, if it can be made comfortable, because it is symmetrical and upright.
Asana Tech Specs
Overall Tapas Ratings
Sthira / Strength: 2 of 5
unyielding, firm, hard, solid, compact, strong, fixed, immovable, motionless, still, calm, not wavering or tottering, steady, durable, constant, steadfast, resolute, persevering
Sukha / Range of Motion: 3 of 5
yielding, ease, good space, a perfectly round axle hole
Svadhyaya / Knowledge: 3 of 5
study of the self