**WARRIOR II & PROPER ARM ALIGNMENT**: The most common mistake in Warrior II & how to correct it, plus additional alignment tips for proper arm alignment in Warrior II:
Common INCORRECT arm alignment in Warrior II (I used to do it all the time when I started yoga, no shame): uneven arms
CORRECT alignment: Arms should be out to sides, parallel to mat, and EVEN (i.e. one arm should not be higher than the other. The front arm should not be higher than the back, or vice versa).
Additional tips: Keep your arms long and strong (not limp), with your fingers spread, hands/fingers engaged, as you push out through your fingertips energetically.
When coming into Warrior II, turn and look at your back arm real quick and make sure your arms are even before turning your head to look out over your front middle finger. **With consistent practice, you will no longer need to look back to know if your arms are even. You will feel it energetically, as you become more in tune with the subtle energetic shifts in the body.
So, if you feel discouraged, know this: no one is perfect at first (err well ever), so just keep up your practice, & you will reap the results as your mind/body/spirit connection strengthens&balances gradually with consistent practice. Besides, that’s one of the things that makes yoga so fun & rewarding: you can NEVER be perfect, there’s always room for growth, ALWAYS.
& remember, the struggle, the part where you are learning anything (not just in yoga, in any area of life) is the most exciting part of any journey. It is the struggle, the unknown, the being lost and then finding, that is the most exhilarating process of anything. It means you’re working toward something, and when you get there, all the sweat & tears put into getting there ARE what make it rewarding.