How To Do Warrior One Yoga Pose Properly


How do we actually do a Warrior One Pose – Virabhadrasana (veer-uh-buh-drahs-uh-nuh)

There are three variations of Warrior, this is the first. It may seem a little strange that a yoga pose is called warrior but it was named after a mythological warrior, Virabhadra. This warrior was fierce and powerful. Warrior One pose is an intense posture that builds focus, power and stability.

Standing with your feet hip distance apart and your arms at your sides. Let you mind settle and focus on your breath.

Step your feet wide apart about 4 to 5 feet. Turn your right foot out about 90 degrees and your toes pointing to the front of your mat.

Pivot your left foot inwards slightly and align your front heel with your back heel. Try to keep your pelvis turned towards the front of your mat – you will feel a slight rotation in your body and thats fine.

Press your weight through your left heel. As you exhale bend your right knee over your right ankle. Gaze down and make sure that you can see your toes. Try to lift through the arches of your feet.

Breath and sweep your arms forward and up towards the ceiling. Lengthen across your collarbone and lift up from your chest. Make sure to keep you hands and arms active, stretch your fingers upwards.

Gently tilt your head to gaze up, if you feel any discomfort keep your gaze forward. Plug your should into their sockets, away from your ears.

Press down through the outer edges of your back foot and keep you back leg long and firm.

To release the pose, press weight into your front leg and begin to straighten the leg. Lower your arms down by your side. Re align your back foot with your front toes and gently sweep the back foot towards the front foot. Repeat the sequence on the opposite side.

If you have any shoulder problems you can place your hands on your hips. If your hips are tight perhaps try and shorten your stance.

Finding Your Inner Warrior can be exhilarating. Don’t be afraid to do battle with the universal enemy, doubt.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know below.

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