Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II Pose
Virabhadrasana II is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Virabhadra(Name of a furious warrior who is an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva) andasana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Virabhadrasana II is, this pose resembles the position of the Warrior, and it is the second variation in this series. It is called as Warrior II Posein English.
Preparatory Poses for Virabhadrasana II are Vrksasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Trikonasana, Utthita Trikonasana and Baddha Konasana; and the follow-up Poses are Vrksasana, Utthita Trikonasana and Bakasana.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE – WARRIOR II POSE (VIRABHADRASANA II)
- Start with forming the Five Pointed Star pose.
- Slowly turn your right toes to the right side.
- Now bend your right knee over your right ankle.
- Slowly turn your shoulders and hips towards the front.
- Reach out through your fingertips.
- Now slowly turn and look at your middle finger of the right hand.
- Now press into the feet.
- Keep your legs strong.
- Down the hips towards the floor.
- Note: lengthen the spine by reach your crown of the head up.
- Relax your shoulders.
- Press your chest forward.
- Breathing should be normal.
- Hold in this position for few seconds (20 to 60 seconds).
- Exit the pose by inhale and come back to the Five Pointed Star pose.
- Repeat all of the above steps with the opposite side.
- Practising this pose at thrice (both sides) will give the better results.
BENEFITS OF WARRIOR II POSE (VIRABHADRASANA II)
- Increases flexibility.
- Regular practise can cure the infertility problems.
- Stretches the lungs, inner thighs, hips, groins, shoulders and chest.
- Opens your lungs and chest.
- Energizes the tired limbs.
- Stimulates the abdominal organs. Thus increases the digestion system
- Increases the balance and focus.
- Stretches and strengthens the ankles, feet and legs.
- Helps to relieve from backaches, sciatica, flat fleet, osteoporosis and carpal tunnel.
- Calms the mind.
- Improves respiration and circulation.
- Improves the concentration and stamina.
DO’S, DONT’S & TIPS FOR WARRIOR II POSE (VIRABHADRASANA II)
People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.
- Who have a weak heart
- Tight thigh issues
- Hip problems
- Shoulder Injury
- Weak hamstrings
- Knee Injuries
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.
Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.