Warrior I ~ Virabhadrasana I
Practicing Warrior I strengthens and stretches the legs, opens the hips and chest and stretches the arms. Warrior I helps develop mental focus, balance and being grounded to the Earth. This pose improves circulation and respiration, energizing the body. Have you practiced it today? Follow these steps and give it a try!
1. From Tadasana (Mountain Pose), step your feet 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 feet apart. Turn your right foot to the right keeping your right knee in line with your right foot. Step your left foot at about 45 degrees. Bend the right knee, making sure the right knee is directly over the right ankle.
2. Bring the hands to the hips. Square the shoulders to the front wall. Relax the shoulders down and draw the shoulder blades towards the spine to open the chest.
3. Inhale the arms over the head with the palms facing each other (or you may keep your hands on the knees or the hips). Keep the shoulders relaxed and the chest lifted.
5. Inhale deeply into the belly and chest, exhale press into the feet, fingers and crown, feeling your body expanding out.
6. Keep breathing and hold for 3-6 breaths.
7. To release, exhale and lower the hands down to the floor, straighten the right leg, turn feet forward and step back together in Tadasana. Repeat the pose on the left side of the body.
Jnana Mudra is a powerful mudra (or hand position) that brings about peace, calm, and spiritual progress. It has various health benefits and is one of the most practiced mudras. Jnana Mudra stimulates the root chakra, it eases tension and depression and relates to expansion and knowledge. This mudra is profoundly calming and brings a sense of openness and ease in meditation. It is one of the most recognized and widely practiced mudras. When used with pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation, Jnana Mudra can lessen drowsiness, inspire creativity, and increase mental focus. Jnana Mudra is most often practiced with the hands resting on the thighs. This mudra can be used lying down, sitting or standing whenever you have the time to practice it. Here is the “how to” do the Jnana Mudra: Connect the thumb and the forefinger (tip to tip). The other fingers are straight and relaxed and the pressure between the thumb and forefinger is light. We invite you to try the Jnana Mudra today. May it bring a sense of calm and serenity into your day.
Amber is our Office Manager who works weekday mornings from 9 am-1 pm. She completed her college education at Western Carolina University with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education (BK). She taught preschool special education in the North Carolina County Public Schools from 1998 until 2015. Amber loves the beach and the mountains, spending time with friends and family, writing and taking pictures of landscapes, especially sunrises and sunsets. She began taking yoga classes at Sunrise Yoga in March of 2016. Practicing yoga has helped guide Amber on a journey to live mindfully in the present and with a grateful heart. Yoga is an important part of her overall health and well-being. She appreciates the opportunities she has to talk with new and current students and sharing the benefits of yoga with others from her own experience. Amber enjoys being a a part of the Sunrise Yoga family! We invite you to explore our website where you can meet all of our staff.
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