Yoga Pose of the Day: Warrior II
Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
Widen your stance, so that your feet are about five-feet apart from each other. Turn your right foot out to the right and bend right knee. Align your front (right) heel with your back (left) arch. Draw an imaginary line from the heel through the arch. Bend your front knee to a 90-degree angle. Seal the outer edge of the left foot into the mat. Extend your arms out from the center of the body, reaching equally. Coax your right knee open, while the left ribs do the same to the left. Sink your hips down as your sternum extends up. Gaze down the center line of your hand (down towards your middle finger). Press the shoulders down, engaging the lateral muscles, and breathe. Pay particular attention to the grounded feeling of the lower body. Hold the post for five to ten breaths.
Physical Benefits: Tones and strengthens your legs, and stretches your hamstrings and groin.
Healing Benefits: Helps blood flow towards yours joints, and burns calories.
Emotional Aspects: Strengthens your determination and focus.
Modifications:If your knees are giving you a problem, do not bend them 90 degrees. Instead, straighten your front leg and shorten your stance to resemble triangle pose.
Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness and wellness adviser, yoga expert, and New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. Her 20 years of teaching experience have attracted clients like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. She is a keynote speaker, spokesperson for Silk Soymilk, and wellness blogger, and she is on the advisory committee for the Cancer Prevention Clinic at Providence St John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Follow Mandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also download Mandy's Yogalosophy app for Apple iOS products.
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