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Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

September 16, 2018

 

 

Type: Standing pose

Level: Beginner

 

Steps:

From mountain pose, take a big step back with your left leg so that your left foot is parallel to the back of the mat. The body faces side-ways on. Bend your front knee and thigh and keep the knee over the ankle to stop it collapsing inwards. Keep the weight in the front heel and big toe and the back foot is pressing from the outer edge. The arms spread wide away from the body

Stay in the pose 5-15 breaths. Come out on an inhalation, pressing your back foot as you straighten the front leg and lower the arms. Then step the back foot forward to return to mountain before performing the pose on the other side.

 

Props & Assistance:

It can be difficult to keep the back foot grounded so you could position yourself near a wall and concentrate on keeping it grounded by pushing it against the wall.

 

Preparatory poses:

•Mountain

•Bound angle

•Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

•Extended triangle

•Tree

 

Follow up poses:

•Mountain

•Wide-legged forward fold

•Extended triangle

•Tree

 

Benefits:

•Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles

•Stretches the groins, shoulders, chest and lungs

•Stimulates abdominal organs

•Increases stamina

•Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy

•Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica

 

Caution/Avoid:

•Diarrhea

•High blood pressure

•Neck problem - look straight ahead

•If you are thinking of starting yoga and have a medical condition, it is advisable to check with your doctor.

 

 

 

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