Warrior 2 Pose, Virabhadrasana II, (Vii-Ruh-Bhuh-Draa-Suh-Nuh)
vira (brave) + bhadra (great/excellent) + asana (pose)
Also known as: Warrior II Pose, Virabhadrasana II
Become the warrior that you are and draw upon your strength and stamina in Warrior II
Warrior 2 Pose Fundamentals
Warrior 2 pose is the second asana in a collection of three standing poses that represent the exploits of Hindu god Vīrabhadra, a mythical warrior in Hindu texts.
Warrior II represents Virabhadra focusing on his victim preparing to strike.
When you come into Warrior II, you not only work on strengthening your physical body, but also your mind. The effort it takes for your legs to hold you in the lunge must be balanced by an inwards sense of ease.
Warrior 2 Pose Benefits
- Allows you to practice finding ease within effort
- Improves balance and stability
- Strengthens the legs
- Opens the hips and chest
- Improves spatial and body awareness
How To Do The Warrior 2: Step-By-Step
1. Stand with legs wide on your mat, feet parallel and about three foot apart. Raise both arms out from your sides, keeping them straight and parallel to the earth below.
2. Keeping your shoulders down and back, turn your left foot out about 90 degrees so it’s parallel with the long side of the mat, while your right foot is parallel with the short side.3. Bend the left leg into a lunge so your knee is stacked above your ankle. Turn your head to the left in line with your left arm to gaze over your hand.
4. Stay here for 3-6 deep breaths then repeat on the other side.
Tips And Tricks
- Pay attention to your front knee. Notice if it tends to fall inwards. If it does, focus on keeping your knee centered by drawing it towards the pinky toe of your front foot.
Warrior 2 pose variation: Warrior 2 Against the wall
For a more supported Warrior 2, come into the pose against a wall.
By practicing the asana against a wall, you help to maintain balance and focus on proper alignment.
Place a block between your thigh and a wall and press your thigh into the block for stability in your pose.
Precautions & Contraindications:
Knee, Hip, Back, Ankle Injuries:
If you suffer from an injury, or if you have recently had surgery in any of these areas, it may be best for you to not attempt Warrior II. That being said, listen to your body. If the asana feels good to you, enter with full awareness and exit the asana if you feel any pain.
If you have notable balance issues, take extra precautions in this stability-demanding pose. Consider coming into Warrior II against a wall.
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