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Yoga Basics: Warrior II

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana II

March 24, 2020 | DeAnna Houston

How to do:

  • Start from Mountain Pose (Tadasana).

  • Open your legs wide. Lift and extend your arms to shoulder height. Your wrist should be directly over your ankles.

  • Lower your arms.

  • Turn the left foot in a quarter turn (see picture above). Turn the right foot to 90 degree angle. Align heel of right foot to center of left foot.

  • Bend the right knee to a 90 degree angle. Knee directly over ankle. Anchor left foot, by pressing the outer edge of foot into the ground. Do not grip the toes on the right foot.

  • Stretch your arms open, keeping them at shoulder height. Turn the palms to face upward and to open and relax the shoulders. Keep the shoulders open and turn the palms to face downward.

  • Turn your head gaze over right finger tips.

Did you know?

  1. A study done by a Harvard Business School professor found that power poses can make you feel more confident. Power poses are as expansive and open. These poses take up a lot of space, with your arms and legs away from the body. So, next time you’re feeling nervous or anxious, pause and expand into Warrior II.

  2. Warrior II is said to symbolize the present moment. The front hand symbolizes the future. The back hand symbolizes the past. You are standing right her in warrior II in the present moment.


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