SANSKRIT: Virabhadrasana II (VEER-ah-bha-DRAS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: From a standing position, the legs are separated into a wide stance. The front knee is bent in a 90-degree angle directly above the ankle. The back leg is extended and straight with the outside edge of the back foot gripping the earth in a 60-degree angle towards the front. The inner thighs are externally rotated away from each other. The pelvis is tucked. The ribcage is lifted. The arms are extended out to the sides and are aligned with the shoulders in a straight line with the fingers reaching out as the shoulder blades squeeze together. The gaze is toward the front fingers.

BENEFITS: Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles. Stretches the groin, chest, lungs, and shoulders. Stimulates abdominal organs. Increases stamina. Relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy. Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica.