Veerasana (hero’s pose) 6

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Veerasana (hero’s pose) 6

6 veerasana

Veerasana (hero’s pose):-

Sit in vajrasana.

Raise the right knee and place the right foot flat on the floor beside the inside of the left knee.

Put the right elbow on the right knee and rest the chin on the palm of the right hand.

Close the eyes and relax.

Keep the body completely motionless and the spine and head straight.

Repeat with the left foot placed beside the right knee.

Breathing:

Slow, deep breathing, imagining that the breath is flowing in and out of bhrumadhya, the eyebrow centre.

Duration:

Practise for a minimum of two minutes. Repeat on the other side with the left elbow on the left knee.

Awareness:

Physical – on keeping the head and spine straight and on the breath.
Spiritual – on ajna chakra.

Benefits:

This asana balances the mind, increases the power of concentration, allows more awareness of the unconscious realms and induces physical and mental relaxation quickly. The thinking process becomes very clear and precise. It is useful for those who think too much or who have disturbed or uncontrollable thoughts. It is very good for the kidneys, liver, reproductive and abdominal organs.

Note:

This posture is also known as the thinker’s or philosopher’s pose.

Variation I:

This asana may also be practised by sitting on the heel so that it stimulates mooladhara chakra.

Variation 2:

Sit on the heels in vajrasana.

Place the right foot on top of the left thigh as in the half lotus posture.

The foot should come up on the thigh as near to the lower abdomen as possible and the right knee should rest on the floor.

Place the palms together in front of the chest at the heart centre, in the prayer position.

Relax the whole body.

Slowly rise onto the knees, using the left leg as a lever and the right knee as a support.

The movement should be controlled without any jerking.

Straighten the spine.

When balanced, raise the hands above the head, keeping the palms together and the fingers pointing upward.

Hold the final position for as long as is comfortable.

Bring the hands back to the heart centre and gently and evenly lower the body down to the floor.

Repeat with the left foot on top of the right thigh.

Practise up to 3 times on each side.
Breathing:

Inhale while raising the body from the floor.

Breathe normally in the final position.

Exhale while lowering the body.

Awareness:

Physical – on maintaining balance and steadiness in the upright position.

Spiritual – on swadhisthana chakra.

Contra-indications:

This asana should not be performed by people with weakness in the knees or inflammatory conditions
such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.

Benefits:

This is a preliminary balancing pose which aids in stabilising the nervous system.