Pose Highlight: Warrior I ~ Virabhadrasana I
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.