Unleash Your Inner Warrior

All about Warrior II


Sanskrit: Virabhadrasana II

Level: Beginner


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


Alignment tips:

  • 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!

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