By Allison Ray Jeraci
Photo by Andrea Killam
A key part of being a warrior is challenging yourself in new ways, which can be a lot of fun if you take a playful and exploratory approach. Try these expressions of virabhadrasana ll (warrior ll) using a chair as a prop to see if you can challenge what you know to be true about this asana. You just might gain new insight into some of the subtler dynamics at work in this "everyday" pose and how you work with them.
Warrior II is more than feet spread wide apart, one foot pointed directly forward and the other slightly inward, a 90-degree bend in the front knee, torso facing to the side, and arms extended at shoulder height. It embodies strength, perseverance, curiosity, and body awareness. Using a chair can help yogis of all levels specifically develop these qualities in a way that is supportive and engaging.