Vyaghrasana: Tiger Pose
Vyaghrasana is a great core-strengthening pose in preparation for your practice. Lift your belly and hover opposite arm and leg to feel the foundational core strengthening for balancing and back bending poses.
- Blanket: For tender knees, place a blanket on the ground to add extra cushion.
- Wrist adjustment: For tender wrists, place your fist on the ground rather than a flat palm.
- Balance challenge: Lift and extend the corresponding arm and leg rather than the opposite.
- Begin in table top pose in the center of your mat, with hips directly over knees and shoulders over wrists.
- Keep your gaze down, neck in a neutral position.
- Shift your weight to your left hand and slowly extend your right hand forward, thumb toward the ceiling.
- Lift your naval up away from the ground and extend your right leg behind you, starting with toes touching the ground.
- Gently lift your right toes off the ground, extending the ball mound of your foot behind you.
- Draw your shoulder blades down your back and keep your hips level.
- Hold for 3-5 breaths then return to table top. Repeat on the other side.
- Table pose | Bharmanasana
- Cat pose | Marjarasana
- Cow pose | Bitilasana
- Plank pose | Phalakasana
- Tree pose | Vrksasana
- Camel pose | Ustrasana
- Childs pose | Balasana
- Vyaghra = tiger
- Asana = pose
- Stabilizes core muscles
- Prepares the body for backbends
- Can help improve balance
- Can help improve mental focus
- Thought to engage the solar plexus chakra
Viparita Virabhadrasana: Reverse Warrior Pose
ADJUSTMENTS | BENEFITS | SEQUENCING | SANSKRIT | STEPS
In viparita virabhadrasana (VIP-uh-REE-tuh veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh), experience a member of the “warrior” family with an incredible opening in the side of the torso as well as the stretching the legs. By giving the side of your heart an opportunity to shine (as a side bend rather than a back bend), this posture offers all sorts of positive vibes, including a boost of self-esteem and perseverance.
Philosophy + Origin
The general definition of a warrior is someone who “engages in warfare,” which conjures up images of battlefields, weapons, and violence. The power of reverse warrior is to “turn around” this imagery to think about warriorship in different contexts. The idea of a peaceful warrior, or even a light warrior, is used in yoga to remind students that showing up with love and intention in day-to-day life is just as important, if not more so. When practicing reverse warrior, ask yourself to consider definitions or beliefs in your life from another perspective. There are two sides to each coin, and the better you know both sides, the better prepared you will be to live your life with steadiness, grace, and ease.