Sanskrit Name: Virasana (veer-AHS-anna)
Vira = Hero, Man, Chief
Asana = Pose
Benefits: Hero Pose stretches the thighs, knees and ankles while strengthening the arches of the feet and improving digestion and relieving gas. It also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and it reduces the swelling of the legs during pregnancy through the second trimester. It is also therapeutic for high blood pressure and asthma.
Contradictions: Practice with caution if you have heart problems. If you have a headache, practice this pose by lying back on a bolster or similar prop. If you have a knee or ankle injury, avoid this pose without the supervision of an experience instructor.
Know Your Asana: Virasana is an ancient pose that is also a great pose to sit in during meditation. Also option to lay back and move into Ardha Virasana by laying your torso toward the floor.
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