Formidable Pose (Bhairavasana) – Learn How To Practice This Asana In 3 Easy Steps | Yoga With Nutan

FORMIDABLE POSE


Sanskrit Name – Bhairavasana

Sanskrit Name Meaning – Bhairav – Formidable, Asana - Pose

Type of Asana – Reclining Yoga Pose

Target Areas – Hip Flexors, Legs, Abdomen and Arms


WHAT IS FORMIDABLE POSE (BHAIRAVASANA)?


Formidable Pose (Bhairavasana) is a hip opening pose dedicated to Lord Shiva, The Destroyer. It’s an advanced variation of Side Plank Pose (Vashistasana). This asana is physically challenging but when practiced properly increases strength and mental calmness.


DO NOT PRACTICE FORMIDABLE POSE (BHAIRAVASANA) IF:

  1. You have a neck, back, hips, back or leg injury

  2. You have a hernia


BENEFITS OF FORMIDABLE POSE (BHAIRAVASANA)

  1. Strengthens your legs, back and hip flexors

  2. Improves digestion

  3. Stretches and strengthens abdominal muscles

  4. Calms the mind, relieves stress, fatigue and soothes the nervous system


HOW TO PRACTICE FORMIDABLE POSE (BHAIRAVASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS

  1. Begin in Staff Pose (Dandasana). Bend your right knee and grab you right foot with your left hand. Bring your right elbow under your right knee and lift your right leg. Take your right knee behind your right shoulder and hold on to your right calf. Rotate your hips and draw your right foot behind your head.

  2. Inhale and lengthen the spine whilst pressing the right palm and left foot on the floor. Take up Side Plank Pose on the right side.

  3. Raise your left arm straight up and gaze upwards. Breathe deeply and stay in this pose for as long as is comfortable. Repeat on the other side.


PREPARATORY POSES


Wild Thing Pose – Camatkarasana


Side Plank Pose – Vasisthasana


Seated Cradle – Hindolasana


FOLLOW UP POSES


Sage Visvamitrasana – Visvamitrasana


Partridge Pose - Kapinjalasana

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