Psyching yourself up for something? Warrior II is a great pose for building confidence and enhancing our capacity to draw on our inner warriors. While using up stress hormones, we can become better able to be present with whatever’s happening.
If we have a tendency to give up too easily, holding Warrior II pose and gradually building up can help us transfer that to our lives off the mat.
If our tendency is to endure too much, we can challenge ourselves (especially in a class) by paying extra care to our own needs and coming out of the pose earlier if that’s what’s right for us.
While it benefits all the chakras, it’s especially good for the base, solar plexus and heart chakras. And it fits with Amy Cuddy’s Power Pose criteria.
Standing towards the front of your yoga mat, with your feet hip distance apart and your hips square to the short edge of the mat.
Take the left foot back to a comfortable distance having the heel parallel with the front (right) foot. Use the long, straight edge of your mat as a guideline.
Bend the right knee and ensure you can see the tips of the toes over the knee so you’re not putting excess pressure on the ankle. It activates the thigh muscles so is a great preparation for Wheel.
Raise the arms so they’re parallel to the floor and create a straight line. Keep the torso upright and heart centre open. Imagine your inner warrior having all the spiritual, emotional and physical power required for any situation you may be facing off the yoga mat. Remember that an open heart helps us stand strong and compassionate.
Maintain the central axis with the pelvis, heart and head vertically aligned.
Notice the breath, keep it controlled and aim to hold (for Power Pose benefits) for at least one minute on each side.
What has Warrior II pose helped you approach in your life?
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IF YOU’RE NEW TO YOGA AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THESE POSES, GO TO A YOGA THERAPIST OR INSTRUCTOR. IF YOU’RE NEW TO EXERCISE, CONSULT YOUR GP BEFOREHAND. ALWAYS HONOUR YOUR BODY’S OWN WISDOM