Benefits Self Care Yoga

The Asana Clinic: Week 3

Finding Strength in Virabhadrasana II

As we begin the descent in to February, our New Year sincerities are either earnestly established, now forming an integral part of our daily routines – or they are well and truly out of the window. Whatever your situation, drawing on some inner strength could be key to re-establishing, or further enhancing, the vows you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. So far, we have re-grounded with Anahatasana; we have detoxified with Ardha Matsyendarasana and now it is time to strengthen our body, mind and energy with Virabhadrasana II – aka ‘Warrior II’.

Often we think of inner strength as something we have to generate mentally and emotionally, however, I emphatically believe that expressions of outer strength can create just as much inner strength. This week’s chosen pose, Virabhadrasana II, is a key example of building outer strength and inner strength synergistically.

In yoga, we work from simply establishing a good foundation in each pose, to staying in said pose for a longer period of time – often minutes at a time. The practice of prolonged stances requires a great deal of mental stamina, concentration, focus, the ability to close the mind off from external disruptions and bring the self in to that moment and that activity alone; it also requires a hefty amount of determination, will power and discipline – all personal attributes that are conducive to a good mass of inner strength. Let’s find some inner and outer strength, in week 3 of our clinic, with Virabhadrasana II.

Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana II
English Translation: Warrior II

Contraindications: Please approach with caution if you suffer from the following:

  • Diarrhoea
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Injuries to the neck: Do not turn the head to look past the leading hand; simply continue to look forwards. This will help to keep both sides of the neck equally lengthened and won’t cause strain.

Preparatory Poses:

  • Baddha Konasana – Bridge Pose
  • Trikonasana – Triangle Pose
  • Apanasana – Wind relieving pose
  • Vrksasana – Tree Pose
  • Natarajasana – Lord of the Dance Pose

About the author

Katie-Marie Fuller

Katie-Marie Fuller

Katie-Marie Fuller is a registered yoga teacher specialising in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Her approach to yoga is fuelled with intelligence and creativity, underpinned by ancient philosophy and spirituality. A master of the arts, Katie’s career history and education shine through in her creative, philosophically orientated classes. Currently studying for her diploma in anatomy and physiology, Katie is changing her career path with a view to practice yoga therapy full time. Residing in Staffordshire, you will hear Katie’s soft, eloquent tones reciting philosophical quotes in yoga studios around the county. Katie prides herself on her extensive education in art and Philosophy but emphasises Aristotle’s aphorism: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. Katie’s classes incorporate elements of Kundalini, Hatha and Yin yoga, often bound together in a vinyasa type flow.

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