Warrior I will test your stamina and strength!
This pose is powerful in nature as it allows us to ground our bodies in a standing posture. This posture is a part of the Warrior Family of yoga poses also including Warrior II and Warrior III. You will find this pose present in Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar B). The Warrior Family of poses also have a fairly wide variety of posture variations which include Humble Warrior and others.
For many yoga students, this posture represents the "spiritual warrior" who battles ignorance, perhaps our most difficult opponent throughout life.
Warrior I is named after a figure from Hindu mythology. As the myth is told, a very powerful priest Daksha refused to invite his daughter and her husband to a ritual sacrifice. The daughter Sati then threw herself into a fire after arguing with her father. Sati's husband Shiva was devastated, he then pounded a lock of his hair into the ground, afterwards a fierce warrior called Virabhadra rose from the dirt. Stories describe Virabhadra as having a thousand heads, eyes, feet and wielded a thousand clubs.
The Sanskrit name or translation is Virabhadrasana. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, "Virabhadra" meaning "Warrior" and "Asana" meaning "Posture or Pose".
Virabhadrasana can be used in many creative ways and offers a wide range of sister poses and variations. The pose can be challenging and offers a healthy amount of benefits for the practicing yogi.