Adhomukha Virasana (Downward facing hero pose) – 5 Benefits

What is Adhomukha Virasana (Downward facing hero pose)

This asana is a variation of the classic pose, Virasana.

Vira means “hero” or “warrior” in Sanskrit, adho indicates “downward,” and mukha means “face.”

This is a very restful asana to practice since it pacifies the frontal brain, reducing stress, soothing the eyes and nerves, and calming the mind.

It also helps to rejuvenate you after a tiring day.

Benefits of Adhomukha Virasana

  1. Relieves breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches
  2. Reduces high blood pressure
  3. Stretches and tones the spine, relieving pain in the back and neck
  4. Reduces acidity and flatulence
  5. Alleviates menstrual pain and depression associated with menstruation

Contraindications and Cautions

Do not practice this asana if you are incontinent.

If you have a migraine or a stress-related headache, wrap a crepe bandage around your eyes and forehead.