yoga – warrior two.

By Charlie Murray

Warrior Two, or Virabhadrasana II is one of the staple poses that you’ll find yourself in time and time again during many of our yoga classes at the here. studio in Canberra. When held correctly, it’s a beautiful way to strengthen your gluteals, lengthen your adductors and work on your core stability too. The lower body position of this asana also forms the basis of a number of other poses, so it’s always nice to check in and make sure you’re setting yourself up properly.

Here are our tips:

  • Stand with your front foot pointing to the front of the mat
  • Rear foot parallel to the short side of your mat, or turn in to a 45deg angle if you can’t achieve this
  • Line up your front heel with the arch of your rear foot
  • Weight distributed evenly between both feet
  • Keep the weight of your front leg loading through your heel to help engage the glutes of this leg, knee bent to 90deg
  • Remain active in the quads on your rear leg by lifting up and straightening through the knee
  • The adductors on your rear leg should come comfortably onto stretch
  • Arms extend in a straight line parallel to your mat (check your rear arm placement)
  • Reach long through the fingers but relax your shoulders
  • Gaze over your front hand
  • Increase your stride length and sink down further into the pose to progress when you’re ready for it

As always, be sure to seek professional advice before attempting any yoga pose. Always be sure you’re having fun too