Warrior Pose 2 or known as Virabhadrasana 2 in Sanskrit - This is asana is not related to a physical warrior in the world but more a Spiritual warrior. The origin of the warrior poses come from an ancient story of Lord Shiva which is an emotional roller coaster of transformation! This wonderful pose is named after a legendary warrior called Virabhadra.
The regular practice of this pose develops strength and endurance.
Warrior 2 asana gives the foundation to understanding the extended side stretch of Utthita parsvakonasona and Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1 which leads of course to Virabhadrasna 3!).
Here are the Amazing Benefits from regularly practicing this pose –
- Builds strength and endurace
- Reduces stiffness in neck and shoulders
- Increases flexibility in knee and hips
- Relieves lower back ache
- Slims the hips
- Expands the Chest and opens the lungs
There are variations the help –
- Work with the back heel against a wall and press into the wall to keep strength in the back leg.
- Keep fingertips at wall as you bend in the right angle bend to keep torso central
Tips to improve your Pose –
- Keep the bent knee over the ankle and hit the shin back.
- Press down the bent leg heel
- Turn the abdomen away from the bent leg
- Don’t allow the torso to tilt to the bent knee or tilt forwards, expand the chest
- Stretch the arms from the shoulders to fingertips
- Move in shoulder blades
‘Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability’ BKS Iyengar