Warrior II Pose is our pose of the week. The warrior pose increases stamina! Sanskrit name is “Virabhadrasana II”. The name comes from Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger’s skin
How to do Warrior Pose:
There are three variations of Warrior Pose, this is How to do Warrior Pose II:
- Begin in Tadasana, Mountain Pose, which is the foundation for a strong and steady practice
- With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet three and a half to four feet apart.
- Turn your right foot slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees.
- Align the left heel with the right heel.
- Tense your thighs and turn your left thigh outward so that the center of the left knee cap is in line with the center of the left ankle.
- Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle
- Parallel to the floor, stretch your arms away from the shoulder blades.
- Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.
Benefits of Warrior I Pose:
- Stimulating abdominal organs
- Increasing stamina
- Strengthening and stretches the legs and ankles
- Stretching the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders
- Relieving backaches, especially through the second trimester of pregnancy
- Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica