Yoga | Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II Pose

While this asana is the second posture in the warrior poses, it is usually practiced first as it is less challenging. I have covered Virabhadrasana – I before on the blog. You can view it HERE. You can also see all the Yoga love that I have shared on the blog.

I also wanted to share with you another piece of exciting news before I continue with this asana. I’m thrilled to have been featured in the July issue of The Juice Magazine by Jabong where I am sharing some of my favorite yoga poses to help you find your balance. You will find me on Page 104. View the magazine HERE or grab a copy from the stands! Whoop whoop!

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Now onto the Warrior II Pose. 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. And ‘Virabhadrasana is literally translated into the Virabhadra’s ( warrior’s ) asana ( pose ).

This pose strengthens the legs, brings flexibility to the spinal muscles and tones the abdominal muscles. It helps in opening the hips and increasing the stamina. Personally, I also find that it helps me focus better and concentrate.

Yoga | Virabhadrasana II - Warrior II Pose | Akanksha Redhu

How To Do It:

~ Stand straight. Inhale deeply and move your feet away from each other and extend your arms out to the side with palms facing the floor.
~ Turn the left foot out and the right foot in by around 15 degrees.
~ As you exhale, bend the left leg to 90 degrees keeping the right leg firm and straight.
~ Keep your arms extended and stretched in the opposite directions.
~ Open your chest, turn your head and look along the left arm.
~ Keep your chest open, relax your face and breathe normally.
~ Hold for 30-40 seconds, inhale and come up.
~ Repeat with the other side.

Note of Caution: Pay attention that your trunk does not lean in any one direction. It should be straight, strong and balanced. Your entire bent leg should not be tilted towards any side and your bent knee should be aligned with it’s ankle and must not sway. While in the posture, your shoulders should be right over your hips.

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