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Yoga For Happiness: The Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)



What is happiness for the regular person who goes to work in the hustle-bustle of life? What is happiness for the soldier who just came back from the battlefield with scars in his heart and soul after seeing his comrades getting hurt in the dusty streets of the war?

A constant feel of ecstasy? Psychologists say that our bodies and minds would not sustain such a continuous state. Also, our bodies or minds would break down because of the intensity of that feeling. Realistically speaking, a constant state of ecstasy is not attainable in this life.


Happiness In Yoga

The answer is simple, just like most things which bring us joy:


  • Peace of mind
  • Calmness
  • Tranquility
  • And a life with a purpose, a meaning.


The Warrior II Pose Virabhadrasana II can be practiced by both warriors of life and the armies. It is, frankly, my favorite yoga stance.

This pose is named after a brave warrior called Virabhadra, and it symbolizes the battle we all have to fight: the mat is the battlefield, and the enemy is our mind. As our minds and bodies strengthen, we can defeat all the challenges from our lives rapidly with grace.


Warrior II Pose 

To the Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II), please follow these :



  • Come into the Mountain Pose (Tadasana).
  • While you exhale, jump or step the feet around 1.2 meters (approximately 4 feet) apart.
  • Lift the arms parallel to the mat and tighten them as much as possible, maintaining the shoulder blades wide and the palms downward;
  • Turn the right toe to the right a little and the left one out to the left in a 90-degree angle.
  • Bring into line the left heel with the right one.
  • Tighten the thighs and turn your left one outward, aligning the left knee cap with the center of your left ankle;
  • While you exhale, bend the left knee with the shin perpendicular to the floor, the knee not going beyond the ankle. Strengthen the right leg and the buttock of the right leg while pushing the outer right heel firmly on the mat;
  • Do not lean the upper body over the left thigh. Instead, maintain the sides of the upper body equally long, with the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Turn your head over the left and look over the fingers;
  • Maintain this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. To come out of the stance, inhale and come up, reverse your feet;
  • Repeat the same movements to the left for the same amount of time.



Benefits Of The Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

The Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II) brings many benefits:


  • Increases stamina;
  • Strengthens the leg muscles;
  • Stretches the inner thighs, chest, lungs, groins, and shoulders;
  • Increases the flexibility of the hips;
  • Eases certain conditions around the sacrum.


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