Virabhadra (वीरभद्र) = Distinguished hero, also considered to be the fierce aspect of Shiva
Asana (आसन) = Pose, Posture, Seat
Warrior 2 is a vigorous pose that fiercely strengthens the legs, while toning the core and shoulders.
What might be most notable about the pose warrior two is how it also can make us feel so strong and powerful. As we build the power in our physical form we begin to transform the mental patterns that no longer serve us and stand equally in our emotional power.
HOW TO GET INTO WARRIOR 2!
Warrior 2 is not as easy at it might look. It can be quite a challenge to keep the knee over ankle without letting it collapse. Once the hips are open to the degree that feels comfortable the rest of the turn of the body comes from the spine supported by the obliques (side abdominal muscles).
Once you are in position focus on the quality of your breathing and work to finds some relaxation within your effort. You can find a meditative mindset and focus and channel the power of the warrior through your bones.
Students who struggle with balance can use the support of a wall or a grounded chair.
ReferencesIyengar, B.K.S. (1966) Light on Yoga, Yoga Dipiki. (3rd Edition) NY, United States of America. Schocken Books Inc.
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