Day 12 Virabhadrasana II
Virabhadrasana II (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh)
Warrior II is a standing yoga pose that enhances strength, stability, and concentration. It’s named after the Hindu mythological warrior, Virabhadra, an incarnation of the god Shiva. Virabhadra was a tall, dark, and fierce deity, depicted with a thousand arms, flaming hair and eyes, and wearing a garland of skulls.
Warrior II can be an effective way to build a feeling of inner strength and power. As you practice this pose on a regular basis, you will grow in your ability to face daily battles with ease and grace.
Practicing Warrior II correctly requires concentration on various points of alignment. Keep the following information in mind when practicing this pose:
Work on getting the foot and leg placement first. Build the pose from the ground up.
Make sure your front knee stays aligned with your front ankle. Do not allow the knee to drift to the left — this can strain the knee joint. Instead, imagine it slightly moving out toward the baby toe.
Keep your focus on a single point.
Envision the power of the warrior Virabhradra moving through you as you hold the pose. Find and connect with your own warrior strength!