So many little things are going on in Warrior II that it is easy to overlook or forget about engaging all the necessary muscles. Warrior II is by far my favorite Warrior asana. It makes me feel like a complete badass (don't f*** with my energy), yet also elegant at the same time (I am a sensual being). For me holding Virabhadrasana II, between the sheer effort of being strong to hold the pose and being soft to allow comfortable breathing into it, has been known to bring up some serious feels. I recommend taking your sweet time with this one. Scanning your body from base to top and settling each part of your body into the appropriate position.
DOs & DON'Ts
Don't overextend the torso.
Do keep your chest high and not titling towards the floor and shoulders stacked over hips.
Don't jut the hip of the front leg out... I know you want your butt to look nice, but no need to try and convince me here.
Do draw legs together towards your midline as to keep hips aligned. It'll feel counter intuitive to pull the legs into the hips as you're supposed to be lengthening and lowering, but trust me it'll help stabilize you and take some weight out of the legs. Your front thigh will thank you for practicing the isometric motion.
Don't take the front knee past the ankle.
Do keep a strong 90 degree angle in the front leg and if you want to do deeper... widen your stance and lower the hips down.
Don't forget about the back leg.
Do firmly press through your back foot (making sure your front heel is pointing straight to the middle of the archway of your back foot. it's like you're on a tightrope), keeping the foot parallel to the back edge of the mat. The leg is straight, strong, and drawing in towards the hip socket.
Don't let the front knee rotate in. Meaning is your front knee is blocking your big toe?
If so, Do take your knee out to the side so you can see at your first toe.
Do have your chest open to the side while your gaze is forward over front fingers.
Don't have shoulders shrugged up by ears.
Do relax shoulder heads down, and shoulder blades gently squeezing together. Arms are straight, strong, and lengthening. Feel the energy flowing through your arms, shoulders to hands, as if you are about to shoot lightening rays out from your fingertips.
Now go kickass Warriors.
Grow With Your Flow,