Peaceful warrior (Shanti Virabhadrasana) - Vinyasatreats
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Peaceful warrior (Shanti Virabhadrasana)

Peaceful warrior pose is a variation of Warrior II that stretches the sides of the torso, relieves back pain, and calms the mind.

A Peaceful Battle

The Peaceful Warrior may sound contradictory, but your yoga practice requires that you seek truth beyond illusions and make thoughtful choices instead of floating from one reaction to the next when life happens.

The Warrior has the wisdom to back down and observe himself in the moment, prepared to make split second decisions that support the greater good. Only the truly courageous respond to tumultuous circumstances from the heart,not from a familiar and out-of-date conditioned belief system.

Practice the following poses and mantras individually or in-sequence to stay present, channel fierceness and fearlessness, and become a Peaceful Warrior in times of conflict.

  • Begin in warrior two with the left foot forward.
  • Turn the left hand toward the sky. Inhale and reach the left arm up and back, bringing the torso into a gentle backbend. Gaze upward.
  • Drop the back arm so that it rests on the right thigh or calf.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Change sides.