Warrior 2 Pose – Virabhadrasana II, is named after a Hindu Warrior that was said to be an incarnate of Shiva. Virabhadra was depicted with a thousand feet, heads and eyes, wearing a tiger skin cloak with a garland of skulls around his neck and indeed fierce.
Virabhadrasana is pronounced, Veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh and translates from Sanskrit to English as Vira, means “hero”or “3 warrior” bhadra, means “friend” or “good” and asana, which means “pose” or “seat”. In modern yoga classes is commonly referred to as “warrior pose.”
It’s an all levels standing balance that commonly practiced in Ashtanga, Power and Vinyasa classes, it enhances overall strength, stability, and concentration.
Precautions include hip, knee, shoulder or neck injuries, those working with high blood pressure.
Modification- Keep your hands at your hips if your working with a shoulder injury.
Variations- Deepen the intensity by lifting the front heel off the earth and dropping the hips a few inches towards the earth.
Common Misalignment- It’s super common for the front knee to pass the ankle as a result of a short stance.
Fix- Lengthen your stance, so your front knee is directly over your front ankle and your front thigh bone is leveled to the earth.
You can prepare the body by practicing Bound Angle Pose | Baddha Konasana and/ or Tree Pose | Vrksasana and counterpose with Side Angle Lunge | Utthita Parsvakonasana.
Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II is a deep hip opener that strengthens the ankles, thighs, buttox and shoulders and stretches the inner groins, chest and abdomen.
TIP- It’s common to see students perform this with the back hip higher than the front hip, leaving the spine ascue on the up and down plane in reference to the earth.
FIX- Bring your hands to your hips and level them in reference to the earth. This should leave the sides of your waistline equally long. With your hand hands to your hips initially, you can build proprioception. Once you feel the sides of your waistline equally long, you can lengthen your arms and set your vision forward.
Per usual, listen to your inner experience and yield whenever possible.
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