Chairside Warrior II

Chairside Warrior II | Yoga for Dentists

Warrior II with a chair is great when you want to re-focus, need some confidence or want to stretch your hips and legs, especially after pressing on a rheostat for a while. 

Using a chair with wheels is not ideal since it can be unstable, but virtually any chair will do. I suggest you try this at work and do it while a patient is getting numb or before you head out for lunch, and definitely at the end of the clinical day!

Dr. Josie Dovidio | Warrior II Pose | Chair Yoga | Yoga for Dentists
Dr. Josie Dovidio in Warrior II Pose utilizing a chair for an easy variation you can do while at work.
  • Start seated with your butt at the edge of the chair but toward the middle of the seat. 
  • Pivot your torso so that you can sit on your right side. 
  • Open your left hip to the left side so your left leg is straight, off the chair and behind you.
  • Angle your left foot in towards your midline so that your left ankle is behind your left toes.
  • Keep your right foot on the floor and your sit bones on the chair. 
  • Place a yoga block (or lab box, if you’re at work) under your right foot if it doesn’t reach the floor.
  • If your bottom is lifting off the chair, place a yoga blanket or a pillow underneath your bum and settle into the pose. If you’re doing this while in the office, towels or a rolled up lab coat work well.
  • Stretch your arms out into a T with palms facing down.  
  • Gaze over your right hand and hold the pose for 3-5 breaths. 

Come back to center and perform the same steps on the left side.

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Dr. Josie Dovidio is a long-time dentist and certified yoga teacher who took a sabbatical from clinical dentistry to address health issues related to prolonged stress. She now helps dental professionals "undo" what dentistry does to the body, mind and soul through her Yoga for Dentists community on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Channel and Podcast.

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