POSE OF THE WEEK: WARRIOR II

 
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This week's #TovamiPose is Warrior 2!


Virabhadrasana II or Warrior 2 is named for a fierce warrior--an incarnation of Shiva. This pose strengthens the body and builds stamina. As usual, listen to your body and take any modifications that you need.

  • Here are some of our favorite tips for this body-burning pose!

  • Make sure that your lower body is in proper alignment--back foot is pointed 45 degrees from the top of the mat and front foot is lined up with the arch of your back foot. Your front knee should be stacked on top of your ankle and in line with the second or third toes of that foot.

  • Find opposing energies in this pose. Lengthen through your spine and draw up through your pelvic floor. At the same time, ground down through your hips and relax your shoulders away from your ears.

  • Imagine that your arms are pulling equally in opposite directions.

  • Relax your gaze over your front hand and find a steady breath.