Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh) is a yoga pose that opens the hips while strengthening the legs, ankles and feet along with the arms and upper body. Warrior II is also great for strengthening the back and spine.
Yoga’s complimentary concepts of sthira (steadiness) and sukha (ease) are brought together wonderfully in this pose. The concepts express the idea that life has a natural flow, one that requires steadfastness but also flexibility. As we move through life we find that it’s important to develop both in order to adapt and also to hold steady during times of trial.
This popular pose helps us to increase our openness and flexibility while also allowing us to build strength and stability. Alignment and symmetry throughout the body is of key importance as well as maintaining proper form, especially in the feet, hips and knees.
This video from the Yoga Journal’s pose encyclopedia demonstrates a step by step instruction on how to do the Warrior II pose using proper form and technique.
Yoga instructor, Theresa uses a 5 lbs Gravity Ball in her Warrior II pose. By using the Gravity Ball’s adjustable straps which grip to her hand she’s able to focus on her breathing, form and movement during the pose (and not on holding the weight).
The additional weight also challenges her as she’s required to stabilize herself more throughout the pose to counter the weight, a perfect way to challenge your balance in this beautiful pose.