Warrior II Yoga Pose

Warrior II Yoga Pose

Virabhadrasana II

This Yoga Pose is like a brave warrior: beautiful and strong. It increases flexibility in the hips, shoulders, chest, and arms while building strength in the legs and knees and encouraging deep focus and will.

QUALITY Grounding, energizing EFFECT Flexibility, strength PROPS None GAZE Forward

1 Standing in the middle of your mat, begin in Mountain Yoga Pose Pose with your hands at the center of your heart as if in prayer.

2 Step or jump your feet and arms out to the sides with your feet directly under your hands. As you inhale, reach your arms up and turn your right leg out, facing the front of your mat. Turn your left foot in at a 45-degree angle. As you exhale, bend your right knee directly over your right ankle.

Release your arms to be parallel with the ground and gaze over your right hand.

3 Track your right knee toward your pinky toe and sink deeply into your hips, making sure your knee does not go past your ankle.

4 Draw your tailbone down as your pubic bone lifts. Draw your belly up and back as your bottom ril draw in.

5 Relax your shoulders down and away from your ears to lengthen the back of your neck. Draw your shoulder blades together to open your chest.

6 Keep your gaze focused and steady over your right hand. With your fingers together, reach your hands forward and back at the same time to symbolize the past behind you, the future in front of you, and you present in the moment.

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