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Warrior 2

Warrior 2 is another quad-strengthening and hip-opening pose you'll need to know for class. Once you take the initial shape, roll your shoulders back to loosen up your neck and continue to extend your arms toward the front and back of the mat. If you start to feel the burn, remember that's good! Breathe deep, and stick with the pose.

  • From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your palms, and come back to Warrior 1.
  • Extend your arms out into T position as you rotate your torso to the left, coming into Warrior 2. Ideally, your front thigh should be parallel to the ground and your right knee directly over your right ankle. Make sure your shoulders are stacked directly above your pelvis.
  • Gaze past your right fingertips, holding for five breaths. Then place your hands on the mat, and step back one foot at a time to return to Downward Facing Dog. Step your left foot forward, and do this pose on the other side.

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