Happy Monday edit – Whoops it’s Friday! Happy Friday! Welcome to Part 2 of my pet project! As previously written about and described in Part 1, the goal of this series is to help you, my reader, turn your physical practice into something with purpose, and substance.
Today’s asana is a challenging one. It makes us all wish our teacher would let us out of this pose ASAP! Our quads, feet, shoulders all feel the effort while resting here.
Please welcome – Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2)
One can feel the power of this asana emanating just from looking at the photograph. This is a dynamic pose that helps to strengthen the shoulders, back, core, and quadriceps. It also allows for a slow build of flexibility in our hips, and lower back.
I opted to give you guys some general and energetic cues for this posture as I wanted to the focus to be on the mental aspect of this pose. For more clear and precise physical cues, please click here.
1) Activate the pinkie toe-side edge of the foot that is in the back.
2) Energize your thighs
3) Relax your shoulders
4) Try to soften your gaze as you look over the front fingers. Breathe in from your diaphragm and release tension (if any) in your jaw – Relax even though you’re in a tough pose.
So onto the mental exercise for this pose….
Whenever you get the opportunity to do this pose the next time, I invite you to think about Gratitude. Give your body gratitude for the strength that it has to be able to do hold and maintain this asana. As you breathe in this pose think of inhaling in the word “give” and exhaling “thanks”. You are here in this pose. You are good as you are. As you begin to go inward in this pose, give your body the kindness it deserves for all that it does and is capable of.
Yoga has been and will always be about getting to know yourself and aligning with your own true nature. As we begin our yoga journey, most of us start with the physical part and that is perfectly OK. However, do know that the asana practice is part of something much deeper – i.e Union with your Self: physically, mentally and spiritually.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading.