Warrior III-Virabhadrasana strengthen the ankles and legs, shoulders and back. It tones the abs and will also improve balance. It helps cure sciatic, arthritic and rheumatic pains.
Benefits: Both legs are strengthened in this pose. The hamstrings (the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and the semimembranosus) are stretched in the supporting leg and strengthened in the raised leg. The gluteal muscles are stretched on one leg and strengthened on the other. This causes them to be raised on one side.
Anatomical Focus: Some leg adductors are involved in the inward rotation of the hip. These are, the pectineus, adductor brevis and adductor longus, the gracilis and adductor magnus. Shoulders are stretched and the arms are strengthened.
Contraindications and Cautions: High blood pressure.
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