I Hope You Like This Warrior Themed Yoga Lesson Plan That I Created For My Students 

This warrior-themed yoga lesson plan was created using the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner.

Warrior II pose (Virabhadrasana II) is the peak pose.

Peak pose-themed lesson plans are a favourite for most yoga teachers.

You learned how to create a peak pose-themed lesson plan during your yoga teacher training, but just in case you have a sudden desire to learn more, here’s my formula on how to sequence around a peak pose.




Short Lesson Plan Download 

Warrior II Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan (short plan)

Each yoga lesson plan you create within the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with a short version of the lesson plan. The short version is perfect for taking into class with you. It’s short and sweet.

Long Lesson Plan Download

Warrior II Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan (long plan)

Each yoga lesson plan you create within the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with a long version of the lesson plan. The long version has everything you need to practice the lesson plan before getting to class. You can take it to class with you (but you may prefer to take the short version). The long version is a great handout to give to your students, especially your one-to-one students. It immediately shows your professionalism and increases your expertise in the eyes of your students.

Stream Lesson Plan

Warrior II Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan (stream plan)

Each yoga lesson plan you create within the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with a video stream version of the lesson plan. You’ll be able to provide the streams to students as a URL, so they can practice from home.

yoga lesson plan warrior template



Step 1
Build Up The Warrior Theme

You can instantly turn an average yoga class into an inspiring yoga class by giving your class the gift of a “theme”.  There are lots of warrior themes you can use.

Here are 11 examples of “warrior themes” you can use for your class to get your brain cells activated…

  • Become a peaceful Warrior
  • Engage with your troop (partner yoga exercises)
  • Heal one of your inner wounds (e.g a broken relationship with a family member)
  • Fight or flight (yin/yang yoga)
  • Know your inner enemy (e.g. self-doubt, negative self-talk)
  • Staying calm in the heat of battle
  • The way of the Warrior
  • What challenges would you like to conquer this month?
  • What are you a Warrior for (e.g. Barack Obama once said, “I’m a warrior for the middle class.”)
  • What’s your special mission? (e.g. daily yoga practice, getting a new job, etc)
  • Unleash the Warrior within


Step 2
Give The Benefits

  • Smashes anxiety out of the ballpark
  • Energises the entire body
  • Stretches chest, lungs, shoulders
  • Stretches neck, belly and groin
  • Strengthens shoulders, arms and back
  • Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves and ankles


Step 3
Give The Precautions

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems


Step 4
Teach the Sanskrit

  • Virabhadrasana II


Step 5
Teach the Steps 

1) Start in Mountain Pose.

2) Step feet wide apart.

3) Raise arms parallel to the floor. Palms down.

4) Turn your right foot to the right.

5) Left foot at 90 degrees.

6) Align the left heel with the right heel.

7) Bend the left knee over the left ankle.

8) Stretch arms parallel to the floor.

9) Turn your head to look over your fingers.

10) Repeat on the other side.


Warrior II Video 

Warrior I Teaching Tips

  • Imagine the back heel is super-glued to the floor.
  • Ask students to feel their inner warrior.
  • Ask students to feel the removal of all obstacles.
  • Ask students to feel their hips getting an oil change.
  • Congratulate students for facing life with an open heart.
  • Feel your legs and back getting stronger.


Step 6
Give Modifications

It’s a good idea to give at least one or two modifications for every asana you teach.  This is really important if you have beginners in your class.

Here are a few modifications for Warrior II pose.

  • Neck problems (keep head in a neutral position and don’t look up at hands).
  • Raise your back heel on a folded blanket.


Step 7
Give Adjustments

Most students really appreciate getting an adjustment from you. It demonstrates that you are paying attention and they are getting great value for their money.

Here are two common adjustments for the Warrior pose…

Anterior Rotated Pelvis Adjustment 
If your student has a big arch in their lower back it means they have an anteriorly rotated pelvis. To adjust bring your fist into the sacrum and ask the student to move it back into your fist – front ribs will drop (see video below for full adjustment instructions).



Shaky In The Back Leg Adjustment 
If your student is shaky in the back leg walk to the front and bring your palm to the front of the knee cap and ask him/her to push into your hand and reach back with his/her back leg (see video below for full adjustment instructions).


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