Yoga Anatomy: Opening the Heart of the Warrior

By
Ray Long MD, FRCSC
Yoga anatomy, woman opening heart in warrior 2 (virabhadrasana II) pose

The fundamental asana Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose) harnesses the archetypal spirit of the warrior. In fact, many martial arts also contain some variation of the Warrior Pose. Remember that the greatest warriors combine power with compassion that flows from the heart. 

Consciously expanding the chest stimulates the organs of the thorax, including the heart and lungs. This action illuminates the heart chakra—the energetic source of our emotions. In this post, we illustrate some simple steps for opening the chest in Virabhadrasana.
 

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