It’s important to know that any standing yoga pose helps improve bone density, while also improving lower body strength. Warrior II pose (Virabhadrasana II) helps you get a stretch through your hips, groin, chest and inner thighs.It also increases stamina, helps to relieve backaches, and stimulates healthy digestion.
Warrior II is also a deep hip-opening pose that strengthens the muscles in the thighs and glutes. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet. This pose also opens the chest and shoulders, improving breathing capacity and increasing circulation throughout the body. It is also known to be therapeutic for flat feet, sciatica, infertility, and osteoporosis.
How to do it:
- Begin with your feet hip-distance apart and your arms straight at your side.
- Turn to the right, and step your right foot out wide about 3 to 4 feet while keeping your heels in line. Turn your right foot out to a 90-degree angle.
- Inhale and raise your arms straight to the sides to shoulder height.
- As you exhale, bend the right leg until your thigh is parallel with the floor. Your left leg should be straight.
- Hold pose for up to 30 seconds while concentrating on your breath.
Repeat pose with your other leg.