Shanti Virabhadrasna is one of several poses in the Virabhadrasana series which are named for the mythological Hindu warrior Virabhadra. It is a basic variation that requires flexibility and balance. The name of the posture is from the Sanskrit; shanti means peace; vira means hero, bhadra means friend and asana means pose.
Beginning in Virabhadrasna II, flip the front hand so the palm faces up, then raise the arm toward the sky arching the torso toward the back leg. Lower the back arm so the hand rests on the leg. The gaze is toward the upraised hand.
The pose opens the heart center, clams the mind, improves focus and concentration, and boosts self-esteem.