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  • Strike A Pose: Warrior II with Weights

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    This week’s strike-a-pose yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga with Weights. In this free online yoga video, you will first explore a traditional Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) pose to learn the correct alignment. After your Warrior II is aligned and solid, you’ll approach a more innovative way to practice this asana...

    Meet Warrior II pose with weights.

    Ugh, I know...as if Warrior II weren’t hard enough, right? Well, because we never want to see you bored or slacking, we like to offer you unique ways to up the ante.

    As you practice this Warrior II exercise with weights, you’ll receive all of the benefits of your standard Warrior II including:

    • Enhanced concentration
    • Better balance and stability
    • Increased circulation
    • More openness in the hips, groins and shoulders
    • Stronger legs, ankles and feet
    • Expansion in the chest and lungs
    • Boosted energy (This pose is great to counter sluggishness!)
    • Abdominal organ stimulation (Lots of core engagement going on here!)

    When you add in weights, you’ll receive all of that goodness, plus build muscle in the upper body to get stronger and more sculpted. That’s a lot of awesomeness coming out of one pose.

    Okay, yogis. There’s your cue to bring out a pair of light hand weights and take a shot at this strengthening online yoga exercise.

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    Dig this online yoga video with Danielle Diamond? Check out more of her free yoga videos and full-length Xen Strength yoga classes online at YogaVibes.com. 

    Photo Credit: Warrior II via www.beyoutifulliving.com

  • Warrior II as Prep for Flying Pigeon with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman of YogaWorks in Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Joan will break down Warrior II (Virabhadrasna II) to help prepare you for Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana).

    Warrior II (Virabhadrasna II)

    "This is a Warrior Pose, so don’t be timid." ~Joan Hyman

    Warrior II is a fierce standing pose. With regular practice, this pose sculpts shapely and strong leg muscles, increases flexibility of the leg muscles, and tones the abdominals. Mastery of this pose will enhance your access to more advanced poses, such as Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana).

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    In Joan’s online yoga video, you will explore this loop that is created in the front leg that renders Warrior II a deep hip opener. This loop is found as the inner leg extends and the outer thigh and hip pull back. Also, practice to square from the chest rather than square from the hips. Really go deep, bringing that front thigh parallel to the earth. Find that loop. Make it fierce.

    Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana)

    In Sanskrit, Eka means one. Pada means a leg. Galava is the name of a sage. So, this is a one-legged arm balance dedicated to the sage, Galava. Not sure where the flying or pigeon parts come into play…oh well. Sure, I guess in some strange reality this pose vaguely resembles a flying pigeon. Maybe.

    Eka Pada Galavasana

    A major component of this pose is hip flexibility. To open up the hip, learn to flex through the front foot. If you are not prepared to fly into the pose, remain in the prep – a great hip opener. If you are open and prepared for the final stage, make sure to wrap the foot around the upper arm (even the pinky toe). Send the sternum forward and drop the hips low. Lean forward and bring the back heel up to the booty. Then, extend the back leg when ready. Send the chest forward, gaze forward, and fly, fly away.

    This pose is all about leverage and arm balance. As an arm balance, it is very strengthening to the wrists and upper body. It also offers a sweet abdominal organ massage since the pressure of the foot is pressing against the stomach. Really? A self-administered abdominal massage with your foot? Who knew?

    Enjoy Joan’s free online yoga video, demoing Warrior II and Flying Pigeon Pose.

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    Strike both poses today to earn brownie points and bragging rights.


    Photo Credits: Warrior II via www.iamyoustudio.tumblr.com & Flying Pigeon via www.homeyogaproject.tumblr.com

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