Warrior II, also known as Virabhadrasana II, is the second position of the Warrior pose series. It is typically done in a sequence of poses, which aim to create more hip flexibility, but it can also be done on its own. While this pose works to strengthen the core, it helps the body in a lot of other ways.
Before we delve into the benefits of this exercise, it is important to do the pose correctly. Improper form or execution of the pose may end up doing more harm than good. Because explaining it would be a difficult task, we found this excellent video that details how to do the pose. Watch it below:
This pose demands a lot, especially your balance. It requires core strength and focus in order to hold this pose without giving up. By engaging your leg and core muscles, you slowly start to improve your overall balance, which is needed for more difficult yoga poses.
Energizes the Body:
Warrior II helps to rejuvenate each and every muscle fiber by stretching the major muscle groups of the body. The body naturally does this, but at a slower rate, so continually doing this pose enhances this process, leaving you with higher energy levels.
When you engage your core muscles and establish straight posture for this pose, you help stretch your abdominal organs. Stretching these organs can help naturally relieve gas, indigestion, bloating, and it can help to improve the natural digestive process. Regularly doing this pose can also help to get rid of belly fat.
Helps In Pregnancy:
Doing the Warrior II pose can alleviate back pain and tired limbs, which are common symptoms during the second trimester of pregnancy. If you have sore feet or sciatica, this pose is also beneficial.
Those with reproductive health problems may benefit from doing this pose, as it helps to stretch hip flexors and groin muscles. Additionally, this pose has been helpful in aiding infertility.
Note: If you feel pain at any time during this pose, please stop and perform child’s pose, or simply lay flat or with your knees to your chest. Never do a yoga pose that is uncomfortable or hurting you in any way.