Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

warrior-pose-2Warrior 2 is an essential pose for improving balance and encouraging you to focus on your feet during yoga. This pose makes use of a rolling motion that causes an alternative action in the front leg. This requires increased attention in order to balance on your feet while rolling through the pose. Warrior II is perfect because the transference of weight across your feet and then legs makes balance a challenge. It is a great pose for rounding out your overall stability.

  • Begin in mountain pose, and take a wide step apart again. Just as in Warrior I, keep your front foot straight and your back foot at about a 45-degree angle, keeping your heels in line with each other. Focus on your feet, trying to lift with your arches and grounding yourself with your ankles. Raise your arms up to shoulder height, perpendicular with the floor, with your back straight and palms facing down. Keep your front knee directly over your front heel, so that your shin is at a 90-degree angle with the floor. Look forward and stretch from fingertip to fingertip. Be sure to keep your body open and don’t turn your midsection towards the front leg. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute, then release. Repeat on the opposite side.