Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Posing on Tuesday; Warrior II

I'm kind of excited about this week. Part of why it's so frustrating that I couldn't get my sh*t together yesterday and get this post up early is because this is the first part of the dancing warrior series, and I LOOOOOOVE me some dancing warrior.

We did Warrior 1 last week, so it's only appropriate that this week we talk about

(Virabhadrasana II)

OK, SO! Remember how in Warrior 1, your hips were facing forward and your arms were up and your back foot was turned in about 45 degrees? Yes! Change all that. ;)

Turn the back foot out, so it's angled in only 15 degrees. It can even go as wide as parallel to the back edge of your mat. Realign your front heel to your back arch.

Turn your hips to face the side wall. Careful not to tilt forward or backward - you want your spine to be perpendicular to the floor and your hips to be level and square to the side of the room.

Reach your arms out towards the front and back of the room, drop your shoulders away from your ears, and gaze out over your front fingertips.

Got it? Your front knee is still trying to get into that 90 degree angle. The outside edge of your back foot is still rooted into the floor. Back leg is straight and engaged.

Front knee is still tracking out over the middle toe. Careful not to let it collapse inward. If you notice your knee pulling or collapsing inward, focus on transferring the weight in your front foot to the outside edge of the foot.

Don't do this:

You should only be able to see the very tips of your toes,

You'd be surprised by how much you feel this pose in your shoulders. You're focusing so much energy on your legs and your hips, out of nowhere, you're shoulders'll be like, "HEEEEEEEY!"

If you have neck issues, don't look out over the front fingertips. Gaze forward (or, in this case, towards the side wall)

To open up the shoulders, bend your elbows, turn your palms up to face the ceiling, and straighten your arms back out again. Totally. changes. everything.

Are you going to try Warrior II?  I'd love to know if this was helpful for you! :)

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