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Hero Pose - Virasana

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  1. I love these foundational videos. It doesn't matter how long you've been doing yoga, they always help to increase your practice! May I put in a request for a video/sequence on building strength and confidence for inversions? Thank you, beautiful woman, for all you do! Namaste

  2. GoodEvening Adriene,
    My name is Karine, and I'm living in Madagascar. I have been watching your videos for about a year now, once or twice a month at the beginning, then more often. For the first time I did no feel incompetent following a yoga video. And you don't imagine how thankful I am for that. The more I learn, and watch, and listen, and focus and keep on trying, the more I feel good, the more I need these "feeling good " moments.
    I finished your yoga camp sequences couple weeks ago. And I feel grateful, thankful and proud. Yoga time become my window for peace and relief. I have a very challenging life, always running, and requiring to stay focus and ready , switching from one topic or work to another several times a day. And since I've commited myself into making space for yoga, everything appears easier to orchestrate. So I just wanted to thank you for all of that. Maybe I will attend one of your courses one day. Who knows? I put it in my bucket list.
    Congratulations for all your work and this strength and good vibes you spread. sincerely yours. Karine.

  3. Hi Adriene, I have a question, my problem with this pose is not the knees but the ankles, or to be more exact - forcing my foot to "point" hurts a lot. Is there anything I can do to help that joint ease up a bit?

    1. Hi Liz,

      You should try to roll up another towel or blanket and place it under the top of your ankles,
      you can also add another block or a bigger one under your buttocks, hope this helps!

  4. I take advantage of this space to just express my immense gratitude. Thank you for your radiance your generosity your consistency your humor, in short for who you are. When I feel a bit lazy or cranky about my practice, I know I will transform it with one of your videos, All my blessing. A yogi from Paris.

  5. Loved this! I am capable of doing the more traditional hero pose without the props, so that's what I usually do. However, learning to use the props was lovely and gave the pose a much more restorative slant, which is my favourite kind of yoga. I'll definitely be doing this pose more often with props. 🙂

  6. I have a 'slight' tear in my left meniscus & have been advised to skip hero pose ... Would you agree with that recommendation ... I am in the process of doing physio to strengthen my knees ... Thanks A ... Love my home practice with Yoga With Adriene xo

    1. Yes, I would avoid this pose if I had a knee injury,
      I would also avoid poses like pigeon (Kapotasana), until you are fully recovered,
      This pose can take months and months to master even when you are healthy,
      gradually you can take the pose with the help of props, starting with one or two blocs under
      your buttocks and by placing a blanket under your knees; actually in case of knee injury, it is
      highly recommended to put a blanket under your knees in ANY pose where knees are on
      the floor (virsana, table pose..) , swimming is gentle on your joints and muscles and will
      help to recover and strengthen your knees.

  7. Hello,
    I don't know where to put my question so I try here.
    I made kind of "splits" with my fingers yesterday and can't use my right hand. My little finger is not broken but I suppose something is wrong with the joint capsule. How am I to do yoga?
    Yes, I will see a doctor today.
    I hope somebody can give me a clue. Can't imagine being without yoga.

    1. Hello,

      Depends on the the pose but,you should avoid for a few months poses like chaturanga dandasana & upward facing dog, try cobra instead, a great thing you can do is using a yoga wedge, the narrow side facing you,and press the heels of your hands on the wedge, maybe your fingers will be outside of the wedge but that's fine because you won't put weight on them while recovering.Also I would avoid plank pose and would rather take half plank, with knees on the floor.The wedge will work like magic in case of wrists and hands injury.
      Yoga should never hurt.Take care.

  8. I've been really feeling called to better understand & utilize this posture more so thank you so much for this video. As someone who's had knee surgery & knee issues long before starting yoga, it's wonderful to see how to honor my body most in this surprisingly difficult posture. THANK YOU Love & Abundance <3

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