Warrior 2

1389877_641282109253165_1870062083_a

Warrior 2 or Virabhadrasana II (in sanskrit) is a grounding pose that builds stamina in the mind/body, mobility in the hips and strength in the legs, core and arms.  This pose is great way to tap into your creative center by allowing yourself to feel grounded.  From a standing position, take a wide stance with your legs.  Turn your entire left leg out to face left and turn your right toes in slightly.  Feel your feet root down into the earth.  With your hands on your hips, bend your left knee and align your left knee with your left ankle.  Firm your back leg as you hug your left hip into center.  Feel a spiraling motion of your inner left thigh rotate up toward your outer left thigh and hug back toward your outer left hip.  This allows you to experience the external rotation of the left hip.  Lengthen your tailbone.  Spread your arms out wide, extending through your fingertips.  To experience a more grounded sensation in this shape, turn your palms open to the sky and allow your head to stay in line with your heart.  Choose to close your eyes or leave them open.  Remain here for five deep breaths.  As you inhale, feel the heart expand and as you exhale, imagine your breath moving into your feet.  Feel the ground underneath your feet and the expansiveness of the breath. To come out, straighten your left leg, relax the arms, and parallel the feet.  Follow the same instructions for the right side.

XO

Ashley

Advertisements

One thought on “Warrior 2

Feeling Inspired?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s