Warrior II Pose – Virabhadrasana II
By channeling your inner warrior in asana practice, this posture can bring focus, strength and courage into your life helping you to overcome the challenges of ego and pride.
Yes, shaky thighs and all …
Creation of the Hindu Lord, Shiva, images and mythology portray Virabhadra as having raging, fiery hair and three burning eyes. He wore a garland of skulls and wielded terrible weapons in each of his one thousand arms. However, he was not simply a murderous demon. Just as Shiva and destruction are an important part of the Hindu Trilogy (Brahma/Creator, Vishnu/Sustainer, and Shiva/Destroyer), Virabhadra, the Great Warrior, symbolizes that within ourselves which has the power to overcome the prideful ego (symbolized in stories by king Daksha) for the sake of the heart (symbolized by Sati, Daksha’s daughter and first wife of Lord Shiva). Thus, Virabhadra destroys in order to save.
Here is the Wikipedia article where you can read more about the Origin of Virabhadra.
Warrior II Pose Instructions:
- Start in Tadasana. Lift your arms over head and bring your hands in prayer position. Step 4-5 ft to the right bringing your arms parallel to the floor, palms facing down. Heels are in line from the side and feet are parallel to each other at this point. Scoop your tailbone under slightly, bringing your hips into a neutral position. Arms move back, chest lifted out in front, shoulders roll down and imagine them sliding down your back.
- Pivot on the right heel 90 degrees (heels still in the same line). Bend the right knee until the right underside of the thigh is parallel with the floor and continue to sit down, softening in the hips until you have a 90 degree angle with the right shin and thigh. The knee might have a tendency to move inward and if this is the case, soften your right inner thigh and you can use the right hand to externally rotate the right thigh so that the knee is centered directly over the right ankle.
- Your weight should be evenly distributed in both feet and you want to make sure, especially, that you have the outside edge of your left foot in contact with the mat and some weight in that area as well.
- If your upper body begins to lean forward, draw the left arm back in order to bring the upper body centered over your hips.
- Shift your eye gaze to look out over you right arm across the right middle finger.
- Increases the strength and flexibility of the legs, ankles and feet.
- Therapeutic for flat feet, sciatica, backaches and osteoporosis.
- Stretches the groin, hip muscles and connective tissue of the hips.
- Opens the chest, lungs and shoulders.
- Builds stamina.
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