How to Achieve the Perfect Warrior 2 Pose

Virabhadrasana 2 or Warrior 2 directly proceeds Warrior 1 and requires additional concentration and strength in mastering the pose. 

Young woman doing yoga in the park in a chaturanga dandasana or push up Warrior 2 pose on an eco friendly yoga mat - Warrior 2 Pose - Warrior 2 Pose - ILYNSI Yoga

Benefits

  • Tones and strengthens the leg, thigh, and arms muscles
  • Reduces fatty tissue in the arms and tones the abdominal muscles
  • Opens the groin muscles, hips, and inner thighs
  • Relieves cramps in the calves and thigh muscles
  • Tones the abdominal organs
  • Increases stamina

The Pose

  • From Warrior 1, inhale to prepare then exhale to open the arms to each side
  • Simultaneously, shift the back leg a few inches backwards and position the back foot at a 90 degree angle 
  • Position the arms parallel to the floor in line with the shoulders
  • Turn the hips open facing to the side 
  • Ensure that the front knee stays directly over the ankle and is parallel to the floor
  • Engage the muscles in the back leg, tighten the back kneecap and tuck the tailbone in creating space between the lumbar vertebrae 1 through 5
  • Gaze at the fingertips of the front hand

Breaths: Aim to hold for 1 to 5 breaths

Avoid: If you have knee issues


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