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July 25, 2014 | by Laura Kasperzak
Daily Practice: Warrior II

No other standing posture makes me fidget as much as Warrior II, or Virabhadrasana II. Within 30 seconds I am already thinking about when I can come out of the stance. Warrior II involves physical and mental strength which is why I include it in my flow EVERY day. Your challenge this week is to hold this posture for as long as you can. Close your eyes and try to clear you mind as you hold this pose.

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From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot in between your hands and rise up into Warrior I. On an inhale, look up and watch your palms touch. On the exhale, toe-heel your right foot towards the center of your mat as you open up your arms and your hips. Your right heel will now line up with the arch of your left foot, and your right hand will extend towards the top of your mat while your left arm extends towards the back.  Make sure the right knee stacks directly over the right ankle.  Bend into the right knee so your thigh is parallel to your mat. Pull your navel in toward your spine as you stand tall. Your arms are parallel to the mat and your shoulders are relaxed down away from your ears. Resist the urge to lean forward, shoulders should stack directly over your hips. Gaze out past your right middle finger. Focus on your breath as you hold this position.  Try to find some peace as you gaze out, or close your eyes.

When you are ready to come out, windmill your hands down and take a Vinyasa or step back into Downward Facing Dog.  Repeat on the left side!


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