Yoga Pose of the Week: Virasana (Hero Pose)

Aside from yoga, I also have a great passion for running. For all the runners out there you know it can be addicting! Just like yoga! Hero pose is one of my favorites for a post run stretch. Here's how it works! Hero pose is great to open the knees, the quads, and the front of the hips. As you move forward through the pose pay close attention to the knees; you don't want there to be any pain.

Variation One:

Bring the knees together feet apart. Place the block under the sit bones an fair with a straight spine. If this is not enough support you can prop yourself on more blocks or place a blanket on the block.

Variation Two:

Use a blanket instead of the block. If the knees feel okay, begin to lower into the elbows, then the crown of the head, then the shoulders, and maybe extent the arms overhead.

Variation Three:

Bring the knees together, feet apart. Push the calf muscles to the sides as you sit the sit bones between the feet. If the knees feel okay, begin to lower into the elbows, then the crown of the head, then the shoulders, and maybe extent the arms overhead.

 

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