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Green+Aquamarine: Asana of the Week #4

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Asana of the Week #4

Time for Asana of the Week again. Each week, on Monday or Tuesday I will share a pose and explain how to get into the position correctly. Then, I challenge you to try the asana, and tag me on Twitter (@EleanorMayC) or Instagram (@EleanorMay_C) using the hashtag #AsanaoftheWeek Comment below if you have got involved, and have fun!

Following from last week's Warrior 1 pose, the next Virabhadrasana is Warrior 2 pose. This strengthens and stretches the legs, chest and shoulders and increases stamina. It relieves back aches and stimulates the abdominal muscles.
 From Warrior 1 pose, open your hips so that the left foot only points slightly towards the front of the mat and hips are sideways on. Bend the right leg so that the thigh is parallel to the ground, and raise the arms to be directly following the line of your legs. the shoulders should be stacked above the hips. Look over the right shoulder to face forwards. Hold for five slow breaths. Repeat on the left hand side.

Variations: Reverse Warrior
From Warrior 2, move your back hand down to rest, palm down, on the back leg. Reach as far as you can. Raise the front arm up into the air with splayed fingers. The hips are in the same position as Warrior 2, but the chest is turned upwards to follow the front arm. You may need to move your legs closer together or further apart to hold as deep a bend as comfortable, without the front knee bending beyond the toes. Hold for five to ten breaths and then swap sides. 

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