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Feb
2015
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Virabhadrasana 2

Last week we looked at Warrior 1, and this week we’re moving on to Warrior 2. This standing asana is the second of the three Warrior poses. The word “warrior” in Sanskrit refers to an ideal for yoga practitioners where the inner “spiritual warrior” battles self-ignorance (the cause of all suffering). It is a strong, assertive pose that requires both focus and inner strength.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Strengthens arms and shoulders
- Strengthens back muscles
- Strengthens legs and glutes (butt muscles)
- Strengthens abdominals and hips
- Opens up lungs and chest
- Improves digestion
- Improves balance

MENTAL BENEFITS:

- Improves focus
- Energizes
- Increases concentration
- Increases stamina & courage

THERAPEUTIC USES:

- Sciatica
- Mild backaches

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:

- high blood pressure
- vertigo
- hip pain
- diarrhea

HELPFUL TIPS:

If you have neck pain or discomfort, keep your head neutral; instead of turning it to look at your side-stretched arm, keep your gaze straight ahead of you instead. Take care to stack the bent kneecap directly above the ankle joint. The front knee should be bent at a 90 degree angle. If the knee reaches further out than the ankle, you could harm the knee.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:
http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/warrior-ii-pose/

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