Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero), and related poses such as Supta Vajrasana (Reclined Thunderbolt)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Supta Virasana

soup-tah veer-AHS–ana

“supta” = lying down, reclining

“vira” = hero, chief

Reclined Hero Pose

In Bikram Hot Yoga, called Fixed Firm Pose

Supta Vajrasana

Reclined Thunderbolt Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Backbend
  • Quad / Hip Flexor Stretch


  • Considered an intermediate pose that shouldn’t be attempted if student not comfortable in Virasana
  • See Cautions in menu above for knees and other concerns plus alternatives

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