Warrior pose (Virabhadrasana) is named after a mythical warrior Virabhadra. One of the main bases of yoga is non-violence so why do we practice a pose named after a warrior? The significance of this pose is that it shifts our attention to the fact that the real battle is the battle within us – our struggle with self-ignorance, false perceptions and distracted mind.
Practicing this posture cultivates strong will and determination, openness and readiness to embrace higher values in life. The combination of determination and openness is the key point in our personal progress
where determination drives us forward and openness allows us to see the multitude of chances, the diversity of choices and protects us from looking over our mistakes. Determination without openness is stubbornness.