Yogendraji in Vrshasana

The Yoga Institute

The Yoga Institute
Mumbai, India

Yogendraji in Vrshasana posture.
Vrshasana represents controlled and regulated virility and the management and mastery over your ever-fluctuating thoughts.

The formation of the posture by placing your legs in a certain way protects and strengthens your groin and excretory muscles.
The steps:
- Sit erect on a mat with your feet outstretched.
- Bend your right leg inwards at the knee and place the foot very close to your left hip, toes pointing outwards.
- Take your left leg, bending it inwards at your knee, cross it over your right knee and place the foot near the outside of your right hip.
- Check to see that the knees are aligned on top of the other as far as possible.
- Clasp the fingers of your hands or one hand on the other and place them on your upper knee.
- Keep your body erect and shoulders relaxed.
- Close your eyes and watch your breath.
- One can repeat by reversing the position of the legs.
- Unclasp your fingers and release your legs to return to the starting position.

Vrshasana, stretches your spine, thighs, calves, ankles and hips. It improves your digestion and maintains uprightness of your spine during meditation.


  • Title: Yogendraji in Vrshasana
  • Subject Keywords: Founder, Yogendra ji, yoga, asana
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: The Yoga Institute
  • Lifetime: 1897/1989
  • Biography: Yogendraji was born as Mani Haribhai Desai in 1897 in Gujarat. He learnt all about Yoga from his guru, Paramhamsa Madhavadasji, and with his blessing he went on to teach the masses about yoga. He founded The Yoga Institute at ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova in 1918. Following this, he travelled to the United States and founded The Yoga Institute in Harriman, New York, in 1920, where he undertook much research on the subtle physiological and psychological effects of yoga along with scientists and doctors. He has written many authoritative texts on yoga based on the ancient scriptures. Some of his books are even preserved in the Crypt of Civilization for posterity. Along with his wife, Sitadevi, Yogendra continued to teach and spread the awareness of classical yoga at the institute until his passing away in 1989.

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