Warrior Poses In Yoga

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The Warrior Yoga Poses are a group of related standing postures in modern yoga. This article helps you to learn the Sanskrit names of Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Warrior 3, Reverse Warrior Pose and Humble Warrior Pose.


List Of Warrior Pose Names (English & Sanskrit)

The Sanskrit name of the Warrior Pose is Vīrabhadrāsana (वीरभद्रासन). Vīrabhadra is a warrior and one of several forms of Śiva.

English NameCommon Sanskrit NameCorrect Sanskrit Name
Warrior 1 PoseVirabhadrasana Ivīrabhadrāsana I
Warrior 2 PoseVirabhadrasana IIvīrabhadrāsana II
Warrior 3 PoseVirabhadrasana IIIvīrabhadrāsana III
Reverse Warrior PoseViparita Virabhadrasanaviparīta vīrabhadrāsana
Humble Warrior PoseBaddha Virabhadrasanabaddha vīrabhadrāsana
5 Warrior Poses with their English and Sanskrit names

In the 20th century, these poses became a part of modern yoga. They are now commonly practiced in yoga classes across the world, including Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and many more.

Yoga TypeCorrect Sanskrit NameSanskrit Devanāgarī
Hatha Yogahaṭha yogaहठयोग
Vinyasa Yogavinyāsa yogaविन्यासयोग
Ashtanga Yogaaṣṭāṅga yogaअष्टाङ्गयोग
Kundalini Yogakuṇḍalinī yogaकुण्डलिनीयोग
Yoga types and their correct Sanskrit writing

Warrior 1 Pose

Warrior 1 is called vīrabhadrāsana I in Sanskrit.

Benefits And Effects

  • Helps deep breathing
  • Relieves stiffness in shoulders and back
  • Tones up the ankles and knees
  • Cures stiffness of the neck

(Iyengar, 2005: The Illustrated Light On Yoga, p. 45)

Warrior 2 Pose

Warrior 2 is called vīrabhadrāsana II in Sanskrit.

Benefits And Effects

  • Your leg muscles become shapely and stronger
  • Relieves cramp in the calf and thigh muscles
  • Brings elasticity to the leg and back muscles
  • Tones the abdominal organs

(Iyengar, 2005: The Illustrated Light On Yoga, p. 45)

Warrior 3 Pose

Warrior 3 is called vīrabhadrāsana III in Sanskrit. It is a balancing yoga pose.

Reverse Warrior Pose

Reverse Warrior Pose is also called Peaceful Warrior Pose. The Sanskrit name is viparīta vīrabhadrāsana or śāntiḥ vīrabhadrāsana.

Humble Warrior Pose

Warrior 3 is called baddha vīrabhadrāsana in Sanskrit.

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