This month we are featuring Warrior II or Virabhadrasana II.
Named for an incarnation of Shiva, the fierce warrior, this pose requires strength, focus, and stamina. Warrior II is an important part of the standing asana series taught in most schools of yoga. Along with strength, this particular Warrior provides a great stretch for the inner thighs, groin, and shoulders.
In this pose, the head is turned to look over the front hand, the drishti, or the point of focus, is right over the middle finger. This focused or fierce gaze can sometimes be interpreted as a hardened stare. Perhaps next time, try the gaze with soft eyes. The fierce, physical strength, required in the pose coupled with easy, focused, eyes truly symbolizes the balance within the practice or what Shiva Rea calls “the dance between being active and receptive”.
We look forward to trying Warrior II this month, with new eyes.