by NativeRemedies on January 31st, 2011 at 7:00 am
The Hero pose is one of the most basic poses in yoga. At first glance, this pose looks like you are “just sitting there”, but after taking a closer look, you will find there is so much more to this pose.
Hero pose requires a lot of flexibility, not only in the knee joints, but ankles, thighs and hips. Also, just like all yoga poses, the benefits of Hero pose are wonderful for almost all individuals.
The physical benefits of Hero pose:
- Stretches quadriceps muscles
- Helps keep knee joints healthy
- Strengthens the tops of the feet and ankles
- Improves digestion
- Opens hip joints
- Lengthens the spine and strengthens the low back
- Encourages proper alignment
Flexibility comes through repetition. This is why yoga poses are introduced over and over again. However, sometimes getting past the discomfort in yoga isn’t so easy. While in a pose, it’s not uncommon to feel anxiety or even anger and wonder when the pose will be over. Our common response to uncomfortable situations is to give up, but learning how to give in and push through some uneasy feelings, is the way to a healthy, happier you.
The number one way to ensure a positive experience while partaking in hero pose, is to make sure you are properly aligned. Using props like blocks and blankets are welcomed in Hero pose. Before you get started place a blanket under your body, and use a block placed between your feet to sit back onto. As time goes by and you become more flexible, you may be able to do Hero pose without props and even lay back onto the floor.
The most beneficial advice about Hero pose is to have fun with it. Once you get aligned properly and settle into the pose, you will start to reap the benefits. So take a deep breath and let relaxation ensue!
This pose is not recommended for those who have had knee surgery or with very tight quadriceps.
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