The intensity of the Virasana position (Hero Pose) can feel as daunting as the hero’s journey in your favorite adventure story from Star Wars to Oz. Such a deep bend of the knee requires plenty of TLC and should never be rushed into. Postures that release the quads, hip flexors, and psoas are all fantastic preps for this heroic leg and hip flexor stretch. Choose the variation on the pose, ranging from gentle to fiery, to fit the narrative of your personal story on the mat today.
For more storytelling on the mat, sign up now for Budig’s class The Hero’s Journey at Yoga Journal LIVE New York April 23.
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Kathryn Budig is the yoga teacher behind AIM TRUE, a regular writer for Yoga Journal, and a presenter at Yoga Journal LIVE! Her organization Poses for Paws raises funds to support animal shelters through yoga events. She shares the moments, places, and people that motivate and move her with #findyourinspiration. Discover what inspires her here in challenging asana, feel-good flows, and tips and tricks of the trade to help you advance your practice.