Virasana – Hero Pose
Certified Yoga Instructor Samantha Merkur of Yogabodii demonstrates Virasana or Hero Pose. This pose focuses on the knees so it is particularly good for those with knee pain. Bring your knees as close together as possible and feet wide apart, with sitting bones on the floor. If you don’t have the flexibility you can sit on a block or pillow. You can also use a belt to keep your knees together. You want to keep you knees on the floor, lengthening the leg muscles. The toes should be pointed, stretching out the ankles. At this point you will gently lean back, bringing your shoulder blades together and lifting your arms up overhead. This is a good posture for leg swelling or pressure.
Until you develop the flexibility in your legs and knees, you can use a pillow to lay back on. You want to hold the pose for as long as you can hold it, while breathing deeply. The more you practice, the longer you will be able to hold the pose. When releasing the pose, you can stretch your knees and back of your legs by going into a Downward Dog pose.
At Yogabodii, Samantha will teach you the basic principles and foundations of yoga, in the Iyengar style, that will ultimately strengthen your body, open your mind, and calm your spirit.
She concentrates on a physical practice where the meditative aspect becomes second nature to focusing on your alignment, stability, and endurance.
Sam’s sessions are customized to every individual’s needs and capabilities. Watch your body transform, enjoy the journey of mind-body alignment, and reap the benefits of better posture, toned muscles, and awakening your body.
Yoga is a 5000-year-old science and art that is constantly evolving in the Western world. Yogabodii is evolving her own practice and studio community working towards the holistic goal of balance, with emotional intelligence, and an physical alignment that comes with awareness and education.
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