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Virasana (/vɪˈrɑːsənə/ vi-RAH-sə-nə;[1] Sanskrit: वीरासन; IAST: vīrāsana) or Hero Pose[2] is an asana.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words vira meaning "man" or "hero" or "chief", and asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[3]


Virasana is a basic seated and starting asana for several forward and backwards bends and certain twists. Virasana may also be used as an alternative to other seated asanas such as the padmasana (lotus pose).


Variations include adho mukha virasana (downward facing hero pose)[4] and supta virasana (reclining hero pose).[5]

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  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3.
  2. ^ "Hero Pose". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  4. ^ Adho Mukha Virasana. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  5. ^ Reclining Hero Pose. Yoga Journal. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.

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