Happy Hump-asana Day: Warrior II / Virabhadrasana II

So I took a test this morning.

It was a very serious test.

[for serial – super, super serial]

. . .

and I want you to take it, too.

The test is

. . .

BlogThings’ What Yoga Pose Are You? test [thanks, YIFY]! C’mon, you didn’t think I’d actually give you something serious, did you?

So what pose am I? So kind of you to ask, my dears!

The winner is…

[drum-roll please]

Photocredit: Yoga Journal

[ka-pow!]

Warrior II:

You are confident and brave. Failure is not an option for you. You aren’t easily intimidated or scared off. You will stand and fight.  You have more endurance than anyone you know. You have a will of steel.

Know what that means, people? I am a stubborn arse [this is true].

So today, radiate confidence and honor the unrelenting will of Warrior II. Instead of quickly passing it by on your way to peaceful warrior or utthita parsvakonasana, take an extra breath, an extra moment, do a jig [what? yogis get jiggy, too!] and revisit the intention of your practice while in Warrior II today.

It’s a good idea in general to keep the knee at a right angle above the ankle and to not extend the knee past the ankle. It’s also a good idea to keep the front foot pointing forward with the heel of the front foot aligned to the arch of the rear foot, which should be at a 45-degree angle. That said, all bodies are different. All bodies move differently. I’ve seen people do all sorts of tiny tweaks to this pose – especially dancers. So, I don’t necessarily endorse it but if it feels good for your body, you don’t have to keep you knee above your ankle. Extend your knee past your ankle if that feels good to you. Similarly, if it’s comfortable for you to turn the front foot out to a 45-degree angle (and if you have really open hips), then go for that, too. Just be mindful, as always, and take care to not exert or struggle into something uncomfortable. Do what’s right for your body.

A few more things to keep in mind in Warrior II:

  1. Engage your transverse abdominus and tuck your pelvis/hips/buttocks under – sticking your butt out will only hurt your lower back (plus, it’s not very Warrior-like).
  2. RELAX your shoulders and press your trapezius down the spine.
  3. Keep your drishti out in front of you.
  4. Be freakin’ FIERCE! You’re a warrior, for goodness sake!
  5. Bonus: Sing Patty Smith’s “I am the warriooooooooooor!” [Repeat]

 

Happy Hump-asana Day, fellow yogis! Get your minds out of the gutter – Hump-asana Day, traditionally known as Wednesday or “Hump Day” in lamens/working-folk tongue, is a mid-week yogi treat. Hump-asana Day features a snippet of a pose worth spending some time exploring. And since they’re ALL worth exploring, we’ll never run out of poses for Hump-asana Day – rejoice!

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