#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 5

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction.

 

Week 5: Virabhadrasana II/ Warrior II

 

Benefits:

Strengthening, energizing, stimulating.  

Helps teach balance.

Develops confidence and stamina.

 

Foundation & General Alignment:

Two feet with equal weight distribution.

Front heel to back arch, turn back foot in slightly, front foot out with toes pointing forward.

Back leg straight.

Front leg is at a right angle. Knee over ankle.

Hips are level to the earth and one another.

Back hip will be somewhat forward but do not square hips.

Shoulder blades hug back of ribs.

Arms extended and parallel to floor.

 

Common problems:

Most at risk: front knee, low back.

Feet misaligned

Front knee beyond ankle.

Back leg bent.

Shoulders and/or upper back rounded.

 

Do not engage if you have difficulty standing, are frail or have balancing problems.

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