Weekly Practice 6 – Warrior 2

“No is a complete sentence.”

Virabhadrasana 2 (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior,  described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger’s skin… powerful and scary!

Warrior 2 is not a pose for a faint of heart, and it is not a pose for those with no heart, either. It is a pose which builds a strong compassionate heart. Those of you who have done this pose are now laughing, remembering how your legs were burning in this pose as you were trying to reach down with the torso, forward with the knee, back with with the back foot, out with the arms, and up with the top of the head.

Still if I had to pick the most important component of the pose it would be : a quiet face, soft lips and a gaze lost in a still point right over your fingers. All of that floating on your breath. A soft inhale and a soft exhale.

How do we get there?

Warm up with a sun salutation (http://www.yogajournal.com/livemag/lmcontent/5) or start with a Mountain Pose>Chair > Forward Fall.

Then follow the stick person:

  1.  can you see your toes on your front foot?
  2.  is your knee pointing towards the middle toe?
  3. are you leaning towards the front leg? Move your torso just a bit back! Thanks!
Now turn you head and your gaze into the space over the front fingers. With each inhale expand the pose, out, up, away. With each exhale expand it again and sink a bit deeper, grounding yourself.
As you are gazing and breathing, hold your ground, just hold your ground.
A couple of breaths on one side, stop, breathe and then explore the other side.
Enjoy hard poses! Tackle them! Bring them on!

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