All about Warrior II
Sanskrit: Virabhadrasana II
Warrior II builds strength in the legs, opens the hips and chest, and builds mental strength and resilience, especially if you hold it for a longer period of time (5 breaths or more).
"The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path."
- Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Take a wide stance with the feet so you can bend the front knee (goal is a 90 degree angle) without the knee going over your toes.
Front foot faces directly to the front edge of your mat. Try not to let the knee drop inwards or splay outwards. Back foot is open to a 90 degree angle to allow your back hip to open. Press through the outer edge of the back foot.
Lengthen the arms to shoulder height without the shoulders lifting up towards your ears.
Keep a strong core with your shoulders stacked directly over the hips. We tend to reach the front arm forward when our core is not engaged.
Focus your eye gaze (drishti) with powerful aim over the front middle finger.
Take deep, victorious breaths (Ujjayi breath) and unleash your inner warrior who can conquer any challenge!