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This pose is also commonly called Forearm or Elbow Balance.
The alignment in Handstand is exactly the same as it is in Mountain, the only difference being in the position of the arms.
This variation of High Lunge is also a great preparation for the full version of Virabhadrasana I Pose (Warrior I Pose).
"Even an old person can become young when [Uddiyana Bandha] is done regularly" (Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika 3.58).
What's really being commemorated in this pose's name, and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is the "spiritual warrior."
Abdominal and deep hip flexor strengthener, requires you to balance on the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone.
Virasana is a balm for tired legs at the end of the day, as well as an alternative to Lotus for seated meditation.
Standing on your head in proper alignment calms the brain and strengthens the body.
Strengthens the arms, legs, abdomen, and spine, and gives a boost of energy.
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