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Veerasana (Hero’s Pose) explanation and its Steps, Precautions and Benefits

by sravanthiyoga
Veerasana widely famous as Hero’s Pose is a balancing posture and since it helps to increase awareness and concentration, it is also quite beneficial for meditation practice as well. Its name is derived from two Sanskrit words, Veera meaning Hero and Asana meaning Posture. It is very useful pose for relaxing the body both physically and mentally. Apart from this, there are many other benefits of Veerasana, which can be experienced through its regular practice. Let’s begin by knowing the steps to practice Veerasana.
Steps to practice Veerasana (Hero’s Pose)
Starting Position: Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
Variation 1
  • Veerasana (Hero’s Pose) meaning, steps, precautions and benefitsFrom Vajrasana, raise the right knee upright, placing the right foot on the ground by the side of left knee.
  • Keep the right elbow at the top of the right knee, rest the chin on the right hand’s palm and place the left palm at the top of the left knee.
  • keep the spine erect and the head fully straight. Gently close the eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Let the body remain fully relaxed and motionless. Hold this position for a minute or two.
  • Release the position and come back to Vajrasana to relax.
  • Repeat the same practice from the opposite side by placing the left foot at the side of the right knee.
Practice for a minimum duration of a minute on both the sides.
Variation 2
  • Veerasana (Hero’s Pose) meaning, steps, precautions and benefitsFrom Vajrasana, place the right foot on the left thigh’s top just like the half lotus pose.
  • Keep the foot above the thigh near the lower abdomen (as nearer as comfortable), letting the right knee rest on the ground. Relax peacefully for a few seconds.
  • Taking the support of the arms bring the body on left foot’s toes, use the right knee as support.
  • Find balance in this position. Once the balance is maintained, slowly take the hands off the floor.
  • Place together both the palms at the heart’s center in the praying position while straightening the spine. Maintain balance in this position. Hold the posture for at least 1 minute.
  • To return release the hands and taking their support lower the body. Come back in Vajrasana and relax the body.
  • Repeat the same steps on another side of the body by placing the left foot at the top of the right thigh.
Practice 1 to 3 rounds on both the sides.
Precautions for Veerasana (Hero’s Pose)
  • People suffering from any kind of knee weakness or knee injury should not practice this asana.
  • If you suffer from any of this condition avoid practicing this asana: arthritis, spinal disorders, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases or any heart disease.
Benefits of Veerasana (Hero’s Pose)
  • Balances the mind and improves the concentration power.
  • Helpful in stabilizing the functioning of the whole nervous system.
  • Highly beneficial for the liver, kidney and all other abdominal organs.
  • Practicing the second variation of this asana improves the functioning of the reproductive organs.
  • Extremely beneficial for people having disturbed mind as the regular practice of this asana clears up the thought process and helps in getting rid of the habit of over thinking.

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