The Second Warrior
Warrior II. Virabhadrasana B. This pose is named for a mighty warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, and is known for having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet, carrying a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger’s skin. Although fierce, I find this pose to be quite grounding - most likely from the thousand feet I am representing. To get into a right Warrior II from tadasana (mountain pose). 1. Step your left leg to the back of the mat slightly farther than your wingspan. 2. Keep your left foot parallel to the back edge of the mat, and right foot facing the front of the mat. 3. Bend through your right knee until your shin is perpendicular to the ground with the right knee aiming towards your second toe. 4. Bring your arms parallel to the ground, palms face down. If possible, a gentle driste (gaze) will be over your front middle finger. . Benefits of this pose: Strengthens/stretches legs and shoulders, stimulates the abdominal organs and increases stamina.