Warrior II is great for the legs, the gluteus, the hips, the core muscles, the chest, the shoulders, and the arms.
This is a full body pose that essentially—if you’re doing it correctly—works every muscle you’ve got.
This pose can also help develop endurance, as it is easy enough to hold this pose for a longer period of time while still maintaining proper alignment and not risking injury.
The stretching of chest muscles also affects the muscles of heart, lungs, blood vessels and other associated organs means the flow of oxygen and blood has been improved.
The flow of nutrient, hormones and other cellular components becomes more frequent which results into improved metabolism and overall efficiency of the body.
The core muscles are squeezed to maintain a straight posture which helps in stretching of abdominal organs.
This can help in curing digestion related problems like bloating, gas, indigestion etc. and over time improve digestion.
Mentally Warrior II can be a practice in finding ease within effort.
This pose offers a unique opportunity to practice finding where you can allow excess tensions to dissolve, as you continue to hold what needs to be held for stability and integrity within the pose.
For instance, you can start to really notice the tension across your neck and shoulders in this pose, work to release it, and press down through your feet to lengthen the sides of the waist as you continue to hold the powerful lunge position of the legs.
This work on the physical level can translate to work on the mental level as well—where are you holding unnecessary tensions in your life?
Where you can you learn to relax, while you hold strength in other areas?
Emotionally Warrior II is all about finding peace in the moment.
This pose is a very common one in most practices, meaning that you’re most likely going to be spending a great deal of time in this pose, no matter what style of yoga you practice.
This familiarity can sometimes lead to complacency, resistance, or boredom.
When these feelings arise, think of how to use this pose to develop peace in the uncomfortable moments of your life?
Use Warrior II as a mirror for your ability to find ease and stillness of mind in places you would rather not be.