Warrior 2 Pose Picture and Benefits


he Warrior 2 Pose, or Virabhadrasana II, is a staple within the ashtanga yoga series and one of the most common yoga poses out there.

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What is Warrior 2 Pose good for?

Benefits of the Warrior 2 Pose include strength, focus and overall it’s a great pose for establishing and practicing a base that sits under a solid core with extended strong arms and a concentrated mind.  Warrior 2, like the Warrior 1 Pose, is named after an incarnation of the god Shiva named Virabhadra.  

What is the difference between Warrior 1 and Warrior 2 Poses?

Both of these poses are essential asanas within the ashtanga series and both of them require balance, strength and concentration.  The biggest differences between each of these poses is the position of both the hips and arms.  With Warrior 1 the hips are square towards the front of the mat and with Warrior 2 they are open towards the side.  Also, Warrior 1 arms are raised up with an option for palms to touch and in Warrior 2 the arms and hands are extended both forward and back.  

How do you do a Warrior 2 Pose?

Get into a Warrior 2 Pose from standing by following these steps:

  1. Step one foot towards the back of the mat extending now your back leg
  2. Angle that back foot approx 45 degrees and open your hips towards the side of the mat
  3. Bring your arms to a strong T shape with palms facing down
  4. Bend the forward knee and bring your gaze over your forward finger tips

Warrior 2 Pose Picture

See below for a picture of yogi in the finished Warrior 2 Pose.

Warrior 2 Pose

What does Warrior 2 Pose stretch?

While this pose does allow for the stretching and extension of both the legs and arms and a straight spine the primary practice is strength and concentration.

Caleb Sharbono is a writer, bio-hacker, wellness advocate, and yogi. Caleb, who grew up on a small Montana ranch, joined the Navy at 17 to study cryptology. He later graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Minor in Mandarin, a Bachelor's in General Engineering, and a Major in English Literature. Caleb's interests and career cover diverse industries and disciplines. Caleb lives in San Antonio and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. He is also studying Zen Buddhism, practicing Holistic Psychology, and working towards his 300-hour yoga teacher training.


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