Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practising and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practioner.
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
This pose is frequently found linking poses during a vinyasa or Sun Salutation series. It is also practised as a stand-alone pose and is commonly used in Yoga for Surfers classes or where there is a focus on strong poses linking the breath and movement.
This pose builds stamina and strength in the legs as well as opening the groin. Linking the breath assists in relaxing the shoulders and this pose also build strength in the arms particularly if held for longer periods.
Care should be taken around contraindications such as high blood pressure. Variations should be taken for those with neck problems, such as keeping the head and neck facing forwards as opposed to looking out over the raised forward facing hand.
Vira means warrior. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’. In mythology, Virabhadra was a fierce warrior of Lord Shiva’s army.