This week I’m walking through another essential yoga pose: Warrior II. This is a simple yet powerful pose that will show up often in your yoga practice.
But first, a quick update on my yoga teacher training. In week three of yoga teacher training we’re finally getting off the ground and into some standing poses that are raising the heat up a bit in the Vinyasa flow.
If you aren’t very familiar with the different styles of yoga, here is a definition of Vinyasa:
/ vinˈyäsə /
- Movement between poses in yoga, typically accompanied by regulated breathing.
- A method of yoga in which movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath.
I love how Vinyasa beautifully ties the various poses together with movement. While I’m demonstrating these poses one at a time each week, I can’t wait to show you how they can all flow together in future yoga tutorials!
Part of our training is to try out different styles of yoga. A few days ago I tried my first style outside of Vinyasa, Bikram. First, the room is heated to 104 degrees F (it’s like doing yoga in a sauna!). They also follow a strict set of 26 yoga postures and a script. By the end you’re literally dripping in sweat, it’s part of the practice. To me, this was almost too distracting from the asana practice. I also felt a little nauseous and dizzy toward the end.
Let’s just say, Bikram is not my cup of tea. I love the variety of a Vinyasa class. From the postures to the transitions and even the playlists – Vinyasa is just more fitting for my practice preference.
#DashworthyYogaChallenge Week 3: Warrior II
I’m excited to introduce the third yoga pose of the challenge: warrior II – virabhadrasana II.
- Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs and wearing a tiger’s skin.
How-to Do Warrior II:
Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana II
- Step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Square your hips and shoulders to face the side.
- Turn your right foot slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. The right heel should slice through the center of your back foot.
- Drop your tailbone to flatten your spine, tilting your pelvis to neutral.
- Keep front knee stacked over the ankle.
- Extend arms out to shoulder height. Palms faced down.
- Gaze over the middle finger of the front hand.
- Draw your shoulder blades down your back.
- Opens the hip.
- Strengthens and stretches your leg.
Shorten your stance if needed to ensure your front leg is bent to a 90 degree angle.
Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II Video Tutorial:
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The winner will be announced Sunday when the next week’s challenge is posted. Best of luck, yogis!
About this Week’s Sponsor: Lucy Activewear
I absolutely love this outfit from Lucy! The fabric is soft and silky, lightweight and quick drying following the sweaty power flow. Plus how fun is this print?
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Announcing the #DashworthyYogaChallenge Week 2 Winner: Leeza Yurcheko
Congratulations to Leeza Yurcheko (@leezayurchenkoyogi) for winning week two of the #DashworthyYogaChallenge. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pose and practice with us!
A big thank MOO to everyone who shared their cow pose during week two. I hope you’ll join us for week three, warrior II!
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