Supta Virasana is a Yoga, which builds inner strength, peace of mind, awareness, and calmness both in mind and body. Supta Virasana builds our muscles and is an ultimate stretching activity. Supta Virasana stretches the abdomen, knee, ankle, psoas significant muscles of the body. While doing Supta Virasana, we have to lie at the back and expose, expand our front body parts to the fullest. Our outer body parts like the tops of the feet, knees, buttocks, shoulders, back of the head, and our arms are getting in touch with the floor. Supta Virasana is also known as hero pose, is a kind of kneeling asana in modern yoga. Earlier, the meditation, which was done by crossed legs, had the same features. Supta Virasana is the reclining pose and ensures much stronger stretches of the body parts.
It has been derived from the Sanskrit word “vira” meaning “hero” and “asana” means “pose” or posture, and “sputa means” reclined”. The virasana is an ancient name founded in the 8th century.
Benefits of Supta Virasana
Supta Virasana a kneeling exercise or asana, which has several postures of forwarding and backward bending and certain twists. It is an alternative to padmasana (lotus pose) or says meditation. One of the best things in this asana is that it can be done after eating or having your meals.
- Supta Virasana helps in full stretches of many body parts at its fullest like the ankle, knees, thighs, etc.
- It strengthens the arches of the body.
- It helps in improving the digestive system and relieves gas.
- It helps in relieving the pain and other symptoms of menopause.
- It reduces the swelling of legs that arises during pregnancy.
- Supta Virasana helps in controlling high blood pressure and asthma.
- Supta Virasana provides self-control and increases the power of concentration.
- It helps in removing tension and depression of the mind.
Steps of Performing Supta Virasana
The steps are easy and can be performed with full comfortability but, of course, with the right guidance and directions of the mentor. Wrong performance can give you strains in various parts of the body as it includes stretching exercise.
- Exhale for a minute and settle your back on the floor in a straightforward way.
- Then secondly lean onto your hands, then your forearms and elbows.
- After placing or settling yourself on your elbows, place your hands on the backside of your pelvis.
- Release your lower back portion and upper part of buttocks by spreading the flesh down towards the tail bone.
- Supta Virasana is a kind of meditation which was done in the medieval age by crossed legs and focusing on the point of the tip of the lighted candle; another name of Supta Virasana is padmasana.
Supta Virasana is also considered as the intermediate supine hip opener. Its poses are challenging but really helpful if performed correctly and with patience. Most of us remain busy in our daily life schedule but forget to relax our mind and body; Supta Virasana is the best way to do that.