This month is dedicated to finding our roots in Warrior 2 and I couldn’t think of a better teacher to help us discover them then Juliana Mitchell. I remember the first time I saw Juliana. I had just signed up for the $49 intro special at The Yoga Room and I was rushing to the studio to take class. As I turned the corner of 37th street and scurried past the Starbucks I saw woman walking slowly in front of me. Her walk was purposeful; every step was a conscious decision and her “aura” screamed calm. As I hurried past her acting like a typical New York-er I instantly thought, “Oh geez, I bet that’s my yoga teacher! She’s going to think I’m not a good student because I’m rushing!”
It turned out that my suspicions that day were true. Juliana was indeed my teacher, and I must say THANK GOD FOR JULIANA! Her sweetness and calmness helped me relax that day and has continued to every day since.
Who is Juliana Mitchell?
Juliana’s relationship with yoga started at a very young age when her mother began her own personal journey with yoga. “I used to hear her chanting in the other room and I have to admit, I thought it was a little weird at first” Juliana says laughing. “But I really saw a change in my mother when she started yoga. She became calmer and happier.” While working in theater in her mid-20s, Juliana began to explore yoga more frequently and she quickly realized that “yoga was her road map to excellent living.” Now after over 8 years of being a yoga instructor, Juliana contributes a lot of her joy and gratitude in life towards yoga.
Planting our roots in Warrior 2
In Warrior 2 we want to “create a balance between surrending into the earth and rooting down through our legs, at the same time as we uplift ourselves,” says Juliana. Create a 90 degree angle in the front foot, not for aesthetic purposes but because that is where the bent knee is the most stable. Lift in the inner ankle of the back leg and back thigh. Reach your arms long and make sure that your arms are in line with the collarbone. Hips should be parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
How to use props in Warrior 2
Use blocks to help engage your arms.
Use the wall to help you push through your feet and find evenness in the shoulders, so you find your true Warrior 2 angle.
Want more Juliana?
Check our schedule for Juliana’s classes.