Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2), and related poses such as Exalted Warrior
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Virabhadrasana II


“Virabhadra” = name of a warrior hero

Warrior 2 Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Standing Pose
  • Strengthening, Opening and Building Stamina


  • Warrior 2 Pose is an excellent pose for beginners (as well as experienced practitioners).
  • As a Standing Pose, it has the associated benefits and uses, with particular benefits in warming up hips.
  • Do you know how the Warrior poses got their numbers of I, II & III? “They are traditionally known as 1, 2, and 3 not because of sequence, but because there are that many limbs extended. How does the joining or releasing of the hands affect your breathing? Your sense of strength? What thoughts or feelings arise in you as you hold each pose?” – Zo Newell, Downward Dogs & Warriors 2007 p 18
  • See Cautions for knees, lower back and shoulders.

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