Warrior 2

Warrior 2

Warrior 2, in Sanskrit the pose name is Virabhadrasana 2. 

Virabhadra means the name of a fierce warrior. There are 3 different warrior poses, all originating from the same warrior. There is an interesting story of why there are 3 poses. She retells a the story beautifully here, Virabhadrasana Story. Basically it ends up meaning that the Higher Self destroys the Ego for the sake of the Heart. That can be applied inward to yourself as, through compassion your higher self forgives the ego but still withdrawals to remember the essence of the heart.

Back to the physical practice, or Asana. Warrior 2 is a pose that is fundamental to any Vinyasa style class. 

The term vinyāsa may be broken down into its Sanskritic roots to assist in decoding its meaning. Nyasa means “to place” and vi means “in a special way.” Like many Sanskrit words, vinyāsa is a term that has many meanings.  Vinyasa denotes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, connecting Asanas (poses) to pranayama (breath).  Vinyasa is also used as a noun to describe the sequence of poses that are performed between Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) as part of a Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation sequence). 

The short video below shows the sequence of poses I’m going to be explaining.   

Starting from downward facing dog


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