Virabhadrasana II - Warrior II

Physical Benefits:  Strengthens hip external rotators and abductors; stretches gastrocnemius, soleus, hip adductors

Energetic Benefits: Provides sense of security and strength; longer holding develops and deepens consciousness 

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO .... ?

  • Manage Your Stress

  • Increase Your Flexibility

  • Gain Strength

  • Increase Your Concentration

All of these things are available through a regular yoga practice.

Manage Stress:  Breathing in the chest, which is a normal practice for most people, creates a "fight or flight" response, releasing adrenalin and cortisol, both stress hormones. 

The alternative is to learn to breathe in the diaphragm, which creates a relaxation response in the body.  The yogic practices of pranayama (breath work) are used in this way to manage stress.

Increase Flexibility and Gain Strength:  In our culture, we are becoming increasingly sedentary.  We sit at work, we sit at home, and we lay in bed to go to sleep.  Although these activities contribute to our well-being in some ways, they do not contribute to our body's physical well-being.  The yogic practice of asana (pose work) is used to increase flexibility and gain strength.

Increase concentration:  Although our culture is becoming increasingly sedentary on a physical level, our minds are stimulated nearly every waking minute with information from countless sources.  The yogic practice of dyana (meditation) is used to begin to quiet the mind and learn to increase concentration.

Yoga is defined in Satchidananda's translation of the Yoga Sutras, the principle text of yogic philosophy, as "the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff."

The practices of asana (pose work), pranayama (breath work), and dyana (meditation) are the actions that will quiet the mind and allow us to be present - to the moment, to ourselves, and to our lives.

                          

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