WARRIOR II | VIRABHADRSANA II
Warrior II is an excellent hip opening pose that sculpts the muscles of the buttocks and thighs. Beyond the physical, it hones your power of concentration. Through your focused gaze, it teaches you how to streamline your power, energetically bringing your mind from distraction to direction.
From Warrior I, square your hips and chest to the side wall and open your arms out to the sides at shoulder height, so they are over your thighs, palms facing down. Gaze strongly and steadily at the middle fingernail of your right hand. Hold for 5 breaths.
Press through the outer edge of your back foot. Stretch the mat apart with your feet. Stack your front knee over the ankle in a vertical line. Dip your hips down so your front thigh is parallel to the floor. Rotate your inner thighs out and away from each other. Lift your belly, spine and chest, stacking your shoulders over the hips. Drop your shoulder blades down your back. Reach through both arms and fingertips as if being pulled apart.