Yoga Asana Directory

Warrior II Pose
Attention: Neck problems - Keep your head looking forward from the chest rather than over your front arm.
About : Veera=vigorous, warrior, courageous;Bhadra=good, auspicious;Asana=Posture.
This pose is named after Veerabhadra, a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The story of the warrior Veerabhadra, as all stories from Upanishads, has a moral that adds value to our life.There are generally three variations on Warrior Pose; this is the second.
Benefits : Strengthens your shoulders, arms, thighs, legs and ankles.
Stretches your groins, thighs, and ankles.
Expands your chest, lungs and shoulders.
Stimulates abdominal organs and digestion.
Increases stamina and endurance.
Relieves backaches, especially through the second trimester of pregnancy.
Improves balance, concentration and core awareness.
Avoid doing this asana, read this section carefully before you do it:
High blood pressure,
Hip,knee,or Avoid the practice of this pose if you suffer from
shoulder injury,
Diarrhea.
How to do : Starting from Tadasana.Inhaling spread the legs sideways 4 foot distance apart.Exhaling turn the trunk facing to the left while rotating the left foot 90° and right foot 45°.Bend the left knee till the thigh is parallel to the floor,stretching the right leg, with the knee locked and the arms are stretched away from the shoulders as they flow parallel to the floor and gaze on the very tips of your left fingers.
Step 1: Begin this pose with Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
Sep 2: Then exhale jump or move your foot sideways so your feet are about four feet apart.
Step 3: Turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and position your right foot about 45 degrees to the left.
Step 4: Raise your arms to the sides. Make sure you keep your shoulders down while your palms face the ground.
Step 5: Exhale and bend your left knee. Your thigh should be parallel to the floor and your knee should be above the ankle.
Step 6: Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.
Note: If you have difficulty balancing or find the pose to deep, decrease the distance between your feet several inches; ensure that your right knee is sill over your heel and not over your toes.

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