Virabhadrasana 3

This posture is an intensified continuation of Virabhadrasana I (plate 14)

Techniques of  Virabhadrasana 3 :

1. Stand in Tadasana (Plate 1)

2. Take a deep inhalation and with a jump spread the legs apart side-ways 4 to 4.5 feet. (Plate 3)

3. Come to the final pose of Virabhadrasana I on the right side. (Plate 14)

4. Exhale, bend the trunk forward and rest the chest on the right thigh.  Keep the arms straight and the palms together. ( Plate 16) Rest in this position, taking two breaths.

5. Now exhale and simultaneously lift the left leg from the floor by swinging the body slightly forward and also straighten the right leg, making it stiff as a poker.  Turn the left leg inwards so that the front is parallel to the floor.(plate 17)

6. Hold in this pose from 20 to 30 seconds, with deep and even breathing.

7. While balancing , the whole body (except the right leg) is to be kept parallel to the floor. The right leg, which should be fully stretched and stiff, should be kept  perpendicular to the floor.  Pull the back of the right thigh and stretch the arms and the left leg as if two persons are pulling you from either end.

8. Exhale and come back to Virabhadrasana I (Plate 14)

9. Repeat the pose on the left side.

Effects of Virabhadrasana 3 :

The illustration (Plate 17) conveys the harmony, balance, poise and power attained by practising this asana.  It helps to contract and tone the abdominal organs and makes the leg muscles more shapely sturdy.  It is recommended for runners, as it gives vigour and agility.

All the movements of this asana improve one’s bearing and carraige. When we stand badly, by throwing the weight on the heels, we retard symmetrical growth and hamper spinal elasticity.  Standing with the weight on the heels causes the stomach to protrude and lessens bodily and mental agility.  This asana helps one to stand firmsly, on the soles of the feet, keeps the stomach muscles in and gives agility to the body and the mind.