Warrior I Pose (Varabhadrasana I)
Time to take a look into the world of the warrior! The warrior pose is fierce, beautiful, and graceful. It stretches so many muscles, and has tons of great variations. I will be exploring the variations in different posts throughout the series, but for now I wanted to start with the basics. As a newbie yogi scrolling anxiously through Instagram to see all of the fantastic (and seemingly impossible) poses, it can be intimidating to say the least. You can get there, I know that if I stay strong in practice that I can get there too. Don’t let your envy for those further along in the journey denture you, they’ve been where we are! I love this little beginner’s yoga series we have going on here, learning along side everyone following along has been an incredible experience!
Ok, always going off track with the mushiness! Back to warrior I, the basics and the benefits. I love Warrior I because you can literally feel the stretch throughout your entire body. Holding for a solid 20 seconds on each side can be difficult at first, so as always listen to your body. You will know if you need to moderately work up to it, and there is zero shame in that! Yoga is about YOU and that’s so important to keep in the fore front of your mind. After some practice, it will feel like a breeze.
Now the good stuff! Let’s talk basic stance and excellent benefits!
- Spread legs apart about 3 to 4 feet, with your right foot in front and left foot in back
- Lift arms up slowly, until the are parallel to the ground
- Bend you knee as you exhale, lining up your knee with your ankle. Try not to let the knee move forward toward the toes
- Left leg should be stretched back, pushing your back thigh forward
- Relax neck, face up towards the sky
- Continue stretching arms higher and lace fingers, pushing pelvis downward
- Hold the pose for 20 seconds
- Repeat on the opposite side
You’re going to feel glorious! With so many engaging benefits, it would be hard not to!
- Warrior I strengthens ankles, thighs, shoulders, calves, arms, and back
- Stretches ankles, naval, groin, lungs, thighs, calves, neck, and shoulders
- Increases stamina
- Strengthens and tones lower back, arms, and legs
- Stimulates metabolism
- Restores the spine
- Helps release stress through the shoulders
Ah, I honestly feel less stressed just thinking about it. That tension in your shoulders after a long day will disappear almost immediately I swear! It’s incredible and just another estimate to how powerful yoga is mentally, just as much as physically.
Have you started following along? Tag me in your Insta pics, I love seeing how much everyone is progressing! You all have made this adventure that much more exciting! If your new to the series make sure to check out tips on garland pose and camel pose !