08 Oct 21 Day Challenge Day Five: Warrior II or Virabhadrasana
Welcome to Day Five of the Challenge.
Today’s pose is Warrior II or Virabhadrasana.
The Warrior poses were given their name for a reason. They are powerful activating postures that build strength, balance, and stamina.
Warrior II strengthens the legs, opens the hips and chest. With a soft gaze over the extended arm, Warrior II develops concentration and balance as well as strength. The pose is grounding and supportive. It improves circulation and respiration and energizes the entire body.
To relax the upper body in this pose, give a gentle lift to shoulders then drop them gently down the back before settling into the pose. Be conscious of your breath, maintaining an even inhale and exhale for a few rounds of breath to calm any tension. If your balance feels unstable, check in with the back foot, being sure to root down through the pinky toe side of back foot and feel the diagonal line of energy through the hip as you press inner thigh in and back. Lift through the side body and keep the belly firm. Enjoy feeling buoyant as well as grounded.
Along with the benefits shared by standing poses in general (heating, energizing, centering, grounding, building stamina), Virabhadrasana II opens the pelvis, groins, chest and shoulders. It tones and strengthens the following muscles: abductors, hamstrings, hips, biceps, and chest. It is also great for lengthening the psoas, the back leg, and opening up muscles of the upper body.
Some of the therapeutic benefits of this pose include relief from carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, and pain associated with osteoporosis and sciatica.
Click here to view! video instruction of today’s pose.