3 Ways to Modify Hero Pose (Virasana)

Modify Virasana if needed to find safe alignment in your body.

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Modify Virasana if needed to find safe alignment in your body.

Tip: Be Present

Most of us know the word karma. But perhaps fewer of us are familiar with the term krama, which means “order” or “sequence.” For instance, this Yogapedia column presents a krama, or a sequence of asanas, with each asana preparing us for the next one in the series. Keeping this in mind can intensify a practice and help us move as deeply as possible into each pose; it maximizes the benefits of each posture and transforms the asana from mere physical exercise into a vehicle for developing a more focused mind and a refined level of awareness. In other words, this approach turns your asana practice into a meditation in action.

See alsoConsciousness in Motion: Vinyasa Krama

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Teacher and model John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, serving the Washington, DC, area since 1979. He studied with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years and was certified by him as an Advanced Teacher. In his 43 years of teaching, Schumacher has taught teachers and students worldwide. His clear, precise teaching style and engaging sense of humor challenge and inspire students to move beyond their imagined limits.