POSTURE BREAKDOWN: Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)

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Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)

Step-By-Step (right foot is pointed towards the front of your mat for this example)

  1. Right foot is facing the front of your mat and your left foot is parallel to the back edge of your mat. Your feet are perpendicular to each other. 
  2. Remember to press the outer edge of your left foot into the ground.
  3. Left leg is straight and your thigh/kneecap is engaged and lifted.
  4. Right knee is at a 90 degree angle and over your right ankle (keep your knee from drifting inward (to the left)).
  5. Shoulders are over your hips and away from your ears.
  6. Arms are straight and parallel to the ground reaching from fingertip to fingertip.
  7. Gaze is strong and over the front middle fingertip.
  8. Hold for 3-8 breaths.
  9. After 3-8 breaths, transition into the next pose.

Benefits (Source: Yoga Journal)

  • This pose is great for strengthening and stretching multiple parts of your body.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs.
  • Increases stamina.
  • Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica.

Prep Poses (do these before W2)

Follow-Up Poses (do these after W2)

  • Any poses