Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake asked for bloggers to participate in Yoga Pose May. So I signed up and I was assigned to blog about Warrior II. Three other bloggers are also posting about Warrior II:
You can check out their posts to see if they offer or explain to you a different variation of Warrior II.
I am really excited to see all of the different bloggers writing about different poses including basic, inversions, backbends, strength, and balance. For those of you readers who are new to yoga I would highly recommend reading these posts. Yoga may seem intimidating, but I think it really helps to become familiar with the different poses before attending a class. You will feel much more confident already having basic knowledge about yoga! These posts are great for those who regularly practice yoga as well. They might offer you insights into different variations of certain poses that you have not tried yet. Additionally, I’d love to receive comments from those yogis to help me improve my pose!
Benefits: Strengthens legs & arms, opens the chest & shoulders, tones abdomen, invigorates the body, and improves concentration & balance.
- Standing with your feet together and your arms to your side, step your feet ~4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down.
- Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to to the right 90 degrees. Make sure to align the left heel with the right heel. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle.
- Bend your right knee over the right ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. You are aiming to bring your left thigh parallel to the floor (it is okay if you cannot do this–I am not completely there yet either). Anchor the movement of the right knee by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer left heel firmly to the floor.
- Continue to stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Turn your head to the right and look out over your fingers.
- Reverse the feet and repeat on the opposite side.
Modification: Place hands on hips.
Important things to keep in mind while in Warrior II
- This is not a resting pose. You should be active.
- Continually reach your arms out to the side.
- Keep your palms facing down.
- Align your left & right heels.
- Keep the center of your knee cap on the bent leg in line with the center of the ankle on the same leg.
- Press into the heel of your straight leg.
If you are new to yoga, here are some things to keep in mind…
Do not push yourself. You know your body better than anyone else. Go slowly and listen to your body. If your body is saying “stop,” listen to your body and stop! Yoga is not about competition. Yoga is for you. If you push yourself you are likely to not enjoy yoga and will risk becoming injured. There are modifications that you can make for each pose that your body may find more enjoyable!
What is your favorite yoga pose??