The search for conquering the force of gravity that pulls us down and in order to elevate us above the ground, overcoming what is inferior mirrors Shiva's condition as a more natural God close the ordinary human mind. A refined sense for this pose salabhasana is the search of what is superior, subtle and indestructible residing in our hearts. In other words, as my teacher says, it's about the search for the wisdom to overcomes our limits in balance with the force that restrict us within the same limits.
In the virabhadrasana, the physical condition of the hero is very clear. I always say to my students that not for any reason this pose has got this name. It takes a lot of determination, technique and endurance to perform it and hold it. However a look over the mythical aspect of the pose of the warrior virabhadra is even more interesting once it is similar to its mental attitude. As a warrior with angry wisdom, he uses this fearless force to stop negativities and any adharma or the break up of the Dharma(what should be/ the truth/the teachings/the path).
No doubt this is also a form of wisdom. Many eastern traditions look at aspects of anger and fury as wisdom. The green colour in Buddhism is associated to the wrathful wisdom. It can also be understood as a transmuting wisdom, which is the reason for Shiva to exist. In virabhadrasana, besides the fact that we need to conquer all our own negativities and become hero of our internal battles, we should meditate on what comes as negative to transformed into positive through the wrathful action of the warrior. So we could enter the very heart of this practice.
The hero vira would have abandoned an ordinary life in order to become a disciple of a master in search for his spiritual growth. I like to think that this master is Shiva, where our true enthusiasm comes from as well as our inner vocation or personal Dharma or Svadharma.
O coração da pratica do Shivaismo