DAY 8️⃣ of #TheLittlePrinceYogaChallenge in #virabhadrasanaII #warriorIIpose ⚜️Hosted by: @yogasolb ☀️⚜️Sponsored by: @machadito1 🌟@stayaka ⭐️@estudiomcm 💠
“…I thought that I was rich, with a flower that was unique in all the world, and all I had was a common rose. A common rose, and three volcanes that come up to my knees , and one of them perhaps extinct forever…that doesn’t make me a very great prince”, said The Little Prince. ..And he lay down in the grass and cried.
This reflects the passage from childhood to adulthood, so the Little Prince finds that the flowers of the garden of roses were equal to the flower of his planet that he appreciated so much. The disappointment of the rose represents the adults who look at their childhood see how insignificant now are those things that once made them happy and realize that having everything happens to have nothing.
Warrior II can be a practice in finding ease within effort. This posture offers a unique opportunity to practice finding where you can allow excess tensions to dissolve, as you continue to hold what needs to be held for stability and integrity within the pose.
This asana develops the will and strength, to face the different moments of life with courage…It’s a game of tension and relaxation in the same position. May be this was what the Little Prince needed at that moment? How can you relax on the one hand and sustain tension in the best possible way in the different aspects that life presents to us?….
VIRABHADRASANA II – WARRIOR POSE II
Named for a fierce warrior, this version of Warrior Pose increases stamina and strength .
Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger’s skin.
Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Inhale and lift your arms over your head, then bring your hands into prayer position at your chest. Take several long, deep breaths before stepping your feet 4-5 ft. apart and simultaneously raising your arms parallel to the floor, palms facing down. Actively reach out to the sides, drawing your shoulder blades apart.
At this point, your feet should be parallel to each other and your heels in line. Now, turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out 90 degrees to the right. Make sure to keep your heels in line. Firm your thighs and turn the right one outward. Notice that everything is pointing to your right.
Now, exhale and bend your right knee over your right ankle so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. Bring your right thigh parallel to the floor if possible. To anchor yourself in Virabhadrasana II, firm your left leg and press the outer part of your left heel into the floor. Tuck your tailbone in slightly. Your weight should be distributed evenly on both feet, and your arms should stay outstretched and parallel to the floor throughout this movement.
Once you have lower body in place, focus on your upper body. It should be centered over your hips, keeping both sides of your torso equally long. Avoid leaning over your right thigh. Turn your head to the right and look out over your fingers. Hold posture for several long, deep breaths. Inhale as you come up, then repeat with your left leg forward.
Warrior II is great for the legs, the gluteus, the hips, the core muscles, the chest the shoulders, and the arms. This is a full body pose that essentially, if you’re doing it correctly, works every muscle you’ve got.
This pose can also help develop endurance, as it is easy enough to hold this pose for a longer period of time while still maintaining proper alignment and not risking injury.
This asana can be a practice in finding ease within effort. This pose offers a unique opportunity to practice finding where you can allow excess tensions to dissolve, as you continue to hold what needs to be held for stability and integrity within the pose.
For instance, you can start to really notice the tension across your neck and shoulders in this pose, and work to release it, as you continue to hold the powerful lunge position of the legs. This work on the physical level can translate to work on the mental leves as well, where are you holding unnecessary tensions in your life? Where you can you learn to relax, while you hold strength in other areas?
Warrior II is all about finding peace in the moment. This pose is a very common one in most practices, meaning that you’re most likely going to be spending a great deal of time in this pose, no matter the lineage of yoga you subscribe too.
This familiarity can sometimes lead to complacency, resistance, or boredom. When these feelings arise, think of how to use this pose to develop peace in the uncomfortable moments of your life? Use Warrior II as a mirror for your ability to find ease and stillness of mind in places you would rather not be.