This asana literally meaning the warrior pose, stretches your back, strengthens your thighs, buttock and tummy. It also helps in making you more focused and opens up your chest so you can breathe better. This is an excellent pose to melt away the fat from your midsection and does great good for your body in general. Read about yoga poses for weight loss.
Steps to do this pose: Stand on your yoga mat with your feet together and hands by your side. Extend your right leg forward and keep your left leg extended backwards. Now, gently bend your right knee so that you get into the lunge position. Twist your torso to face your bent right leg. Slightly turn your left foot sideways (about 400-600) to give you that extra support. Exhale, straighten your arms and raise your body up and away from your bent knee. Stretch your arms upwards and slowly tilt your torso backwards so your back forms and arch. Stay in this pose for as long as you feel comfortable. Breathe normally. To get out of this pose exhale and straighten your right knee. Now push off your right leg and come back to your original position. You can use your hands to support you. Do not rush out of this pose; you might injure your back or legs. Repeat this aasana for the other leg as well.
Tip: If you have high blood pressure, shoulder, knee or back trouble, please perform this pose under the guidance of a trained teacher. Read about yoga asanas for knee pain.
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