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Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)


(veer-ab-had-RAHS-ana)

Also known as:

  • Half Side Angle Pose
  • Virabhadrasana B
  • Virabhadrasana 2
  • Warrior 2

Level:

  • Beginner

Chakra:

   

Benefits: As you go into this pose, you can physically feel your confidence grow and your inner-warrior shine through.  This position strengthens your legs and arms and helps you develop your core balance and concentration. 

How it's done:

  • Begin in Mountain Pose at the front of your mat
  • Take a big step backward with your right leg, and bend left knee so you are in a lunge position, aligning knee over the left ankle
  • Align your heels and then turn your right heel out 90 degrees 
  • Your hips should be facing out to the right
  • Your arms are lifted in line with your legs
  • Your fingertips are stretching as far as possible
  • Shoulders are relaxed
  • Gaze is over your forward fingertips

 Yoga on Gaia demonstrates the subtle nuances of this pose for you

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