Standing Poses

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II)

Level: All levels
Category: Standing Pose, Twist

Vira = hero. Virabhadra = the name of a warrior who was created by the Hindu god Shiva, lord of destruction and patron of yogis, out of a clump of his own hair.

Organizing the pose

Practice Points

    • Ground down through the big toe mound of the front foot and draw the shin up.
    • Reach the front thigh out of the hip, keeping, the thigh, the knee and the foot all facing the same direction.
    • Press into the back heel and stretch the leg up into the chest.
    • Roll the tailbone towards the pubic bone and soften the lower abdomen.
    • Lift the upper abdomen.
    • Reach into the back arm and leg and turn the chest towards the back wrist.
    • Spread the thighs away from each other.
    • Soften the shoulders.