Pose Analysis: Warrior 2

Warrior 2 is one of those poses that looks like it could be easy, but after holding for a few breaths the arms start to tremble, the front thigh starts to burn and little beads of sweat appear at the hairline.

It is one of my favourite poses and often comes up in a Vinyasa flow asana class.

Warrior Paint

Method:

  1. Stand in Tadasana(Mountain Pose). Take several long breaths here as you connect your feet down to the earth. On your next exhale step your left foot back. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, drawing your shoulder blades apart, palms facing down.
  1. Turn your left foot out so that it is parallel to the short edge of your yoga mat. Ensure the right heel is dissecting the arch of the left foot (Heel to arch alignment).
  1. Exhale as you bend the right knee directly over the right ankle. Work towards bringing the right thigh parallel to the floor. When you have found your balance you may gaze over your right shoulder and just above your right hand.
  1. Stay for 3-5 rounds of breath. Inhale to come up, straightening the right leg. Reverse the feet and repeat for 3-5 rounds of breath.
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