Warrior 3

Warrior Three (Virabhadrasana III) is a difficult balance and provides the greatest challenge of all of the Warrior Poses. However, learning to stand on one leg is extremely effective for enhancing one’s balance and posture, and powers of focus and concentration. This is incredibly helpful in ridding the mind of negative thought clutter and thus relieving stress, so much of which is created by our internal dialogue of worries, interpretations of facts and things to do. At the same time, Warrior Three (Virabhadrasana III) strengthens the feet, ankles, legs, back, abdomen, shoulders and arms. Reaching back confidently with the extended flexed foot and maintaining an active back leg, aids stability. One of the most challenging and essential refinements as you gain experience is to level the hips. The tendency at first will be to have the side of the hip where the leg is extended higher than the side of the hip above the standing leg. Adopting a playful approach to this pose helps make it fun.