Ahhh….here we are again Yoga Pose Tuesday. I have another lovely pose for you. Hope you are attempting them…if not there is no time like the present. Once again photo courtesy of my daughter 🙂
***On a side note I should have said this in the last post but I will say it in this one. Please consult with your doctor before doing any new exercise. Also yoga is not meant to be done quickly it is meant to be done gradually. DO NOT force your body into any pose. The more you do them the easier they become.***
(again not perfect but hey it’s a work in progress)
Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II ):
How to do:
- Begin in Mountain Pose (next week), standing with your feet hip-distance apart and your arms at your sides.
- Exhale as you step your feet wide apart, about 4 to 5 feet. Check to ensure that your heels are aligned with each other.
- Turn your right foot out 90 degrees
- Pivot your left foot slightly inwards. Your back toes should be at a 45-degree angle.
- Lift through the arches of your feet, while rooting down through your ankles.
- Raise your arms to the side to shoulder height, so they’re parallel to the floor. Your arms should be aligned directly over your legs. With your palms facing down, reach actively from fingertip to fingertip.
- On an exhalation, bend your front knee. Align your knee directly over the ankle of your front foot.
- Make sure your front shin stays vertical. Widen your stance as needed to make sure that your knee does not move forward past your ankle.
- Press down through the outer edge of your back foot, and keep your back leg straight.
- Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor, with your head directly over your tailbone. Do not lean towards your front leg.
- Turn your head to gaze out across the tip of your right middle finger. Engage your triceps. Drop your shoulders and lift your chest.
- Draw your belly in toward your spine. Keep your torso open, not turned toward the front leg.
- Hold for up to one minute.
- To release, inhale as you press down through your back foot and straighten your front leg. Lower your arms. Turn to the left, reversing the position of your feet, and repeat for the same length of time on the opposite side.
- stretches the legs, groins, and chest
- increases stamina
- relieve backaches
- stimulates healthy digestion
- strengthens the muscles in the thighs and buttocks
- tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet
- opens the chest and shoulders, improving breathing capacity and increases circulation
- It is also known to be therapeutic for flat feet, sciatica, infertility, and osteoporosis
- Increases your ability to concentrate