Warrior 2

Warrior 2

Warrior II is a graceful, powerful pose that helps build stamina. Sanskrit name: Virabhadrasana II (pronouced: veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna). Virabhadra is 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.

Benefits
* 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

Contraindications and cautions
* Diarrhea
* High blood pressure
* Neck problems: Don’t turn your head to look over the front hand; continue to look straight ahead with both sides of the neck lengthened evenly.

Step by step

1. Stand in Tadasana. With an exhale, step or lightly jump your feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down.

2. Turn your right foot in slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Align the left heel with the right heel. Firm 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.

3. Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. If possible, bring the left thigh parallel to the floor. Anchor this movement of the left knee by straightening the right leg and pressing the outer right heel firmly to the floor.

4. Stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Don’t lean the torso over the left thigh: keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Press the tail bone slightly toward the pubis. Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.

5. 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.

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Corona's yoga journey began in her early 20's when she introduced herself to yoga for nothing more than curiosity and has been hooked ever since.

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