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— July 29, 2018

Riding Waves Like a Warrior

  • If spending the summer shooting curls is your idea of heaven, you need to include Warrior II in your practice. Similar to the stance you assume on a surfboard, it stretches and strengthens your legs and shoulders while building balance and concentration.
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Pose: Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Why You Should Do It: If spending the summer shooting curls is your idea of heaven, you need to include Warrior II in your practice. Similar to the stance you assume on a surfboard, it stretches and strengthens your legs and shoulders while building balance and concentration. Becoming a strong Warrior also helps to:

» Relieve backaches.

» Boost stamina.

» Stretch the groins.

» Strengthen abdominal muscles.

How to Do It: Stand in Mountain Pose, legs and core muscles engaged.

Then:

» Exhale and step your left foot three to four feet back, turned out to the left 90°; keep the heel of your right foot in line with the arch of the left, hips open to the long side of your mat.

» Turn your right foot out to the right slightly as needed to maintain balance. » Bend the right leg so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor; look to make sure you can still see your big toe.

» Inhale and extend your arms into a T-shape, palms facing down; keep the tops of the shoulders in alignment and directly over the pelvis.

» Set your gaze at the third finger of your front hand; hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

» Lower your arms, straighten your right knee and turn your left foot to match the right. Repeat on the other side. Note: Don’t lean over your bent leg or arch your lower back.

Variations: To give your arms a workout, draw the shoulder blades down the back while turning palms and inner elbows up, then turn back down.

Be Careful If: If you have neck issues, look straight ahead instead of turning to look over your hand; perhaps shorten your stance if you have knee problems.

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