Virabhadrasana B – Warrior 2
Virabhadra = Warrior or hero
Asana = comfortable seat
Named after Virabhadra, an incarnation of Shiva and a po is the second of three poses in the Virabhadrasana series. A wide legged stance that develops your ability to face life’s daily challenges; by creating strength in your concentration as you prepare for battle and physically energising the whole-body system, ready to respond to whatever comes your way. Fully grounded; you can feel the strengthening and lengthening of your muscles, in your legs, in your groin and in your chest, and you come to realise Virabhadra’s heroic qualities within you.
It is best to learn to come into Virabhadrasana B from Mountain pose (Tadasana):
1. Exhale as you step one foot back approximately 4 to 5 feet. Your back foot is turned parallel to the edge of the mat and your front foot remains pointing forward. Ensuring your front heal is in line with the center of the arch of your back foot.
2. Press through the outer edge of your back foot whilst lifting through the arch and maintaining a lift in the knee cap as you lengthen the leg.
3. Press the heel of the front foot into the floor and sink your hips low, aiming to create a 45-degree angle in the knee. Ensuring your knee remains stacked directly over your ankle.
4. Lift your arms either side of your body at shoulder height, so they’re parallel to the floor, palms facing down and actively reach from fingertip to fingertip.
5. The top of your heading drawing to the sky so that you are strong through the mid-section of your body, with your head directly in line over your tailbone.
6. Now, find your dristi by taking your gaze out across the tip of your front middle finger. Broaden across your collarbones and lengthen the space between your shoulder blades. Keeping your core active.
Looking for the strength to face life’s daily challenges; step one foot back, bending deep into the front knee, lifting your body and floating your arms to the side. Your gaze is fixed to where and what you need to do.