Warrior 1 Pose
March 27, 2015
Warrior II Pose
March 27, 2015

Warrior 3 Pose


Virabhadra = a warrior from Shiva’s being


  • Strengthens the entire body
  • Improves balance
  • Improves posture
  • Aids in increasing energy and boosting concentration


  • High Blood Pressure
  • Back problems or injury
  • Migraines

How To

  1. Stand with your feet at the top of your mat, about hips-width distance apart
  2. Inhale, extend your arms to the ceiling
  3. Begin to balance on your right leg
  4. Ground down through your right foot
  5. Exhale, begin to hinge forward with your upper body
  6. Lift and kick your left leg out behind you
  7. Find core engagement to aid in your balance
  8. Keep your left foot flexed
  9. Square your hips and upper body down to your mat
  10. Wrap your biceps in towards your face
  11. Direct your gaze towards the floor
  12. To release, return slowly to standing and then repeat on the other side

Modify or Replace

  • Rest your hands at heart center to lessen the energizing aspects of Warrior III

Sequencing Tips



  • Toppling Tree (Patan Vrksasana)
  • Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)
  • High Lunge (Ashta Chandrasana)

Teaching Cues

  • Flex your back foot and draw your pinky toe towards the ground to level your hips
  • Become a capital ‘T’ with your body and keep your shoulders, chest, and hips in a straight line
  • Find a minimal bend in your standing leg
  • Ground down through the four corners of your standing foot


  • Eagle Arms
  • Hand(s) to a block
  • Against a wall

Watch Out For

  • Hinging chest and shoulders far forward
  • Arching in the low back
  • Dropping extended leg towards the mat