Warrior 2

Sankskrit: Virabhadrasana 2 (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna 2)

Virabhadra: The name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, who wears tiger's skin and is depicted having a thousand heads, eyes, feet and clubs.

Drishti (gaze): Softly over front hand's middle finger

Common Misalignment (s):
Bent knee extended over ankle. How to correct: Stack your knee on top of your ankle
Front shoulder more forward of front hip. How to correct: Shift your shoulders so they stack directly on top of your hips
Bent back leg. How to correct: Straighten your back leg

Point your front toes straight forward in the same direction as your front fingers. Stack your front knee on top of your front ankle.  Straighten your back leg, and face your back leg's toes 45-90 degrees from the direction of your front toes. Align your front heel with your back foot's inner arch.  Send your tailbone straight down to find a long, straight spine; Stack your shoulders on your hips. Maintain a straight line from your back fingers through your front fingers. Gaze softly over your front, middle finger.

Deepen the posture:
Parallel your front thigh to your yoga mat. Activate your shoulders by drawing them together then down your back. Shorten the distance between your floating ribs and your pelvis.  Soften your gaze to the tip of your nose.