One of my favorite poses in yoga is Virabhadrasana II (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-ana) – Warrior II. This is a classic yoga pose that brings out the fierce warrior. The reasons I love this pose is because it keeps me strongly rooted and my aim sharp. From this same strength it allows me to open my heart.
Getting into Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II
1. Take a wide stance with your legs (wide enough so that when you stretch your arms to the side, your feet should align with your hands)
2. Keep your arms stretched out and bring a 90 degree bend to your right leg (thigh parallel to the floor, toes of the right facing straight ahead)
3. Pivot your left foot at a 45 degree angle inwards
4. From your core root down into the ground and engage the muscles of the legs by doing the action of dragging them together.
5. Bring your shoulder blades closer together as you open up the chest area.
6. Hold the pose for 3 breathes and switch sides.
Benefits of Warrior II
- Powerful pose that opens the chest and shoulders while the rooting of the feet creates strength in the ankles, thighs and buttocks.
- A great hip opener that tones the abdomen and back.
- Increases blood circulation throughout the body.
- Improves balance and the ability to focus.
- Builds stamina and endurance.