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Strike a Yoga Pose: Warrior 2

We could all benefit from stronger quads and more open hips, so let's spend a little time with this basic yet challenging pose called Warrior 2. It will also strengthen your upper body and core because when you're in this pose, you really have to concentrate on elongating your spine and drawing your belly in. This is one of my favorite poses because it makes me feel powerful, grounded, and calm.

Source: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio
Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana 2
English Translation: Warrior 2

  • Begin on your hands and feet in Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot forward between your palms, and come into Warrior 1.
  • After creating a strong base with your feet and legs, extend your arms out in T-position as you rotate your torso to the left, coming into Warrior 2. Ideally you want your front thigh to be parallel to the ground, and your right knee directly over your right ankle. Press into the outside edge of your left foot to prevent from collapsing into your arch. Make sure your shoulders are stacked directly above your pelvis.
  • Once you've checked yourself for correct alignment, gaze past your right fingertips. Hold for five breaths, then return to Downward Facing Dog. Step your left foot forward and do this pose on the other side.
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