Be a Stronger You with Warrior II

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Low Impact Exercise Warrior II Yoga for Beginners

Warrior II is a yoga move that takes advantage of movement throughout your entire body. From the tips of your fingers down to your toes, you’ll feel the full-body impact of this meditative practice essential.

More formally known as Virabhadrasana II, Warrior II commonly follows Warrior I or Extended Triangle Pose in yoga routines, and before the more balance-requiring Warrior III. Like other poses, Warrior II can be beneficial for stress reduction in regular yoga practice and helps to stimulate the digestive system. It can also be a fantastic way to increase strength among leg muscles and arms.

Targets:

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Groin
  • Legs
  • Ankles

Benefits of Warrior II:

  • Can help stretch out chest and shoulders
  • Works to stretch groin, leg muscles and ankles
  • Helps to strengthen leg muscles
  • May improve stamina
  • Can help alleviate back pain
  • Stress relief
  • Possibly beneficial for those with carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoporosis

Tips:

  • Remember to keep breathing throughout the pose, paying close attention to the steady movement of air in and out of your body.
  • Keep knee bent at a 90 degree angle.

Warnings

  • Talk to your doctor before performing Warrior II, if you have high blood pressure or a back/neck injury.
  • Do not attempt to overextend the body and keep head facing straight ahead. This may cause injury.
  • Perform pose on a soft surface and stop at any point, if you experience pain.

*Information derived from the Yoga Journal.