How to Do Warrior 2 Pose

3 Ways to Build a Better Warrior 2

One of the most common yoga poses you'll find in class is Warrior 2. It looks basic enough, but it's a posture that requires a plenty of strength and stability. If you're ready to build a stronger Warrior 2, take these tips to your mat.

Make a right angle: In Warrior 2, you want your front thigh to be parallel to the ground and your knee directly over your ankle. Making this right angle shape will help you stay balanced and protect your knee. Be sure to press the outside edge of your left foot to prevent putting too much pressure on your foot's arch.

Lengthen those arms: Once you extend your arms into the T-position, roll your shoulder blades back and down and reach your arms out as long as you can, attempting to touch the walls. This shift will challenge your body — engaging your arms completely changes your relationship with this pose.

Plant your feet: Building a strong foundation is integral for any yoga postures, but it makes a huge difference in making Warrior 2 for comfortable. Connect with the ground by making sure all four corners of your feet are grounded into your mat. This way you'll allow your feet to share the load instead of favoring one side of your body.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

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