I’m excited about a new feature on our blog in which our yoga instructor Stacia Nero (learn more about her here!) demonstrates various yoga poses and explains their benefits. I love yoga and I’m excited to get some tips from an expert. If you don’t do yoga yet, maybe this will inspire you to take it up :). Up first is Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) into Radiant Warrior, a simple yet strong pose.
Stacia is wearing the FP Movement Off The Shoulder Pullover.
How To Do It
Warrior II should have effort and ease when being practiced. There is a dynamic interplay between the actions of the legs. You want the bent knee to be at 90 degrees and the back foot to be pressing down firmly to the floor. The tail bone should be lengthening down as you extend through the chest and the tip of the head. The tendency is for the body to lean towards the bent leg – the idea here is to keep extension and length in the torso. Hold Warrior II for 5 to 7 breaths and then move into Radiant Warrior.
To move into Radiant Warrior, lift the ribcage away from the hips, and then descend from the hips, arching your back. Let one hand rest on the back of the knee and extend the other arm upwards, with the palm facing the wall behind you. Gaze toward your hand and hold for several breaths. Repeat on each side.
What It Does
The benefit of the warrior pose is that it teaches coordination of movement and breath, as well as correct alignment. It increases strength in the abdominal, back, buttocks and leg muscles which contribute to the support of the spine. It tones the abdomen, and it opens up the legs, pelvic girdle and buttocks.
If you have a request for a specific pose or a question for Stacia leave it in the comments below and we will relay it to her!
Stacia teaches classes here at the Navy Yard Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 and Friday 12:15 – 1pm – check her out on Facebook here to find out where else you can find her!
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