February 2009 Posture Video: Warrior II

November 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

February’s posture of the month is Warrior II, also known as Virabhadra

Yoga Journal has many great descriptions on their site of various postures and also written step-by-step directions on how to execute each pose for those of you that may want to print and read the instructions. Also great features of this site are further details about this pose such as what the anatomical focus should be (shoulders), contradictions and cautions, as well as beginners tips for tackling this pose.

Benefits* of this posture include:

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles
  • Stretches the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Increases stamina
  • Relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
  • Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica
  • *Benefits courtesy of Warrior II Pose on Yoga Journal

    When I first started yoga, I found this pose very challenging and always dreaded the point in class when we got to this pose. My thighs shook and my belly stuck out and my back foot stretched to stay on the mat while I strained and silently cursed my way through what seemed like eternity while holding this pose. Slowly over time (and with continued practice and determination!) I have come to realize the beauty in Warrior II and have learned to relax into it. I maybe even (gasp!) decided that I actually kind of love this pose.  

    It also helps if you can pretend that it’s your ex-boyfriend in front of you while you gear up to spear him with your laser-like gaze. Hey, whatever works for you, right?!

    Get your warrior on!

    Video courtesy of Moksha Yoga

    What do you love and loathe about Warrior II?


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