Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana)
In Sanskrit, ‘supta’ = ‘reclined’ and ‘vira’ = ‘hero’. Hence the name Supta Virasana or Reclined Hero Pose. A variation of the base yoga pose Virasana (Hero Pose), where the torso is in a backbend while resting the head down on the floor. This is the traditional Hatha Yoga Pose while the same yoga pose in Ashtanga Yoga is called Paryankasana (Couch Pose). The practice of this pose Supta Virasana which is categorized under intermediate level requires strong and flexible lower back.
Reclining Hero Pose is considered a base pose as reclining hero pose variations can be derived from this pose.