Welcome to yoga workshop Fridays! Don’t know what I am talking about, check out this post.
This series will be each Friday explaining how to do a particular pose leading up to a peak pose on the last Friday of the month. Throughout this series, I ask that you listen to your body to prevent injury and warm up for a pose when needed.
Disclaimer: Though I am a certified yoga instructor, please consult your doctor before you begin practice and note that everyone’s practice may look a bit different as you align the pose to your body
I started this series back in July and somehow we haven’t covered warrior 2 yet. Don’t worry guys, today is the day!
This was one of the first yoga poses I ever knew. Warrior 2 is called virabhadra II in sandskrit. The sandskrit name is the name of a fierce warrior. I want you to feel strong, fierce and beautiful in this pose. So let’s break it down.
How to do the pose:
Begin in high lunge with the arms overhead, exhale as you lower the back heel down and open the arms out to a T. Check the alignment of your back foot, either the heel or arch should be in line with your front heel.
Gaze over the front fingertips, keeping the front knee over the ankle. Roll the back thigh in. Think Tadasana while you are in the pose, torso up tall, arms even (as possible, we aren’t perfect). Remember to breathe here and think of your arms being so strong that someone is pressing down on them and you are still holding them up.
When you are ready, exhale to windmill the hands down to the mat, lifting up the back heel coming to a low lunge. Step back to plank and flow through vinyasa if you would like, then continue to the other side.
- Strengthens the legs and ankles
- Opens the hips
- Improves balance
- Stretches the chest, groins and shoulders
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I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any suggestions for what poses you would like me to break down, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment or send me an email [email protected]