Warrior II - Virabhadrasana II
Virabhadra- the name of a fierce Hindu mythical warrior.
In a standard Vinyasa yoga class I will guarantee that you will practice the asana referred to “Warrior Pose” or in Sanskrit, “Virabhadrasana”. Personally, I love all the variations of Warrior Pose. Each variation of Warrior increases stamina. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) is a powerful and invigorating stretch for the legs, groins, arms, and chest. Benefits of Warrior II include, but not limited to, relief in backaches, increased mobility, and healthy digestion.
Instructions for Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
Begin in mountain pose (Tadasana), stand with feet hip distance apart and weight should be even amongst your feet.
Step feet out apart about 4 to 5 feet, so that on foot is at the top of the mat and the other foot is closer to the back of the mat.
Pivot your front foot out 90 degrees so that your toes are facing towards the front of the mat.
Pivot your back foot to a 35-45 degree angle so that the arch of your back foot is aligned with the heel of your front foot.
Lift through the arches of your feet and root down through the ankles.
Arms will be raised to shoulder length so that they’re parallel to the floor. Arms should be in alignment directly above your legs, palms facing down toward the mat.
Your gaze should be in out and across the middle finger of your front hand. Keep your shoulders down and back and broaden across your collar bone. Keep your chin up.
Draw your naval towards your spine and keep your tailbone tucked under. Making sure that your weight is even between both feet and the outside of both your feet are firmly planted on the mat.
Great Job Yogi!