From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vīrāsana literally means ‘heroic posture’.

Significance of Vīrāsana[edit]

Works on Haṭhayoga like the Gheranda Samhitā and the Hathayoga-pradīpikā prescribe several āsanas or yogic postures that help in regaining and retaining good health like controlling the prāṇic energy. One such āsana is the vīrāsana.

Vīrāsana Posture[edit]

In the sitting posture, the left leg is to be folded under the right thigh. The right leg is also folded, keeping the foot on the left thigh.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore