Warrior 1 Pose~Virabhadrasana 1 / Learn the safe alignment of the pose

Hi everyone, today we are going to do the alignment of Warrior 1 Pose. This pose is an excellent asana in which multiple lines of energy are used such as rooting in the mat, extension of the spine and balancing. First step your right forward in between your hands (closer to the right hand), make sure the right toes are forward, front knee is inline with the ankle. Look at your left foot, walk it out towards the left edge of your mat spinning the foot at a 45 degree angle (toes point more towards front corner of the room where corner and corner meet), make sure the front ankle is still stacked under the knee. Begin to lift the inside of that left foot inner edge and place foot back down making sure your foot is rooted, keeping the back leg straight start to peel your upper part of your body up, at the same time grounding in the feet, internal rotation of the back leg, while pressing the shin firmly back to keep the grounding in the back foot and keeping front knee stacked and opening towards the pinky toe. Next take your hands and place them on your hip handles, start to square the hips towards the front, next slowly start to take your arms up shoulder distance apart near your ears palms facing in (soft elbows), towards the sky lifting through the spine, through the heart center and out through the fingertips. Keeping hips square to the front, chest stacked over the hips,  start to feel the lifting of the lower rim of the ribs moving up and away from the upper rims of the hips creating more space in the lower back. Relax your shoulders down your back, setting your gaze, drishti or focal point out in front of you. Relax, breathe and sink through center, keeping the alignment of this beautiful warrior pose. To modify this pose, back the front knee up, hands at your

heart center in prayer or shorten your stance. For the most in this pose bring the palms touching over your head following the gaze past the fingertips. Enjoy every single moment of Warrior 1 Pose listening to what your body is telling you. I am honored to help you follow your yoga journey, keep up the good work and follow the yoga path of life. Enjoy this wonderful day with lots of love. Namaste’ Connie


Author: Yogablissgrammyforlife

I am a mother, grandmother and a E-RYT 200 hr yoga instructor whom loves everything about yoga day and night. I began practicing yoga in 2007 to add variety into my exercise routine. I quickly became passionate about yoga and fully dedicated to my practice. Yoga has completely transformed my mind, body, soul and allowed for self discovery. I furthered my practice over the years through countless hours of classes and workshops from teachers across the country. After so many years of practicing yoga I wanted to share my passion with others, that is when I received my 200 hour certification through Yoga Flow in Pittsburgh PA. I went on to teach students the love I have for yoga. I started this blog to help others embark on the journey of yoga, to give everyone a chance to fall in love with the art, no matter what age or body shape you are. I want to spread my knowledge on safe alignment in yoga poses by posting a yoga pose and breaking it down for you, maybe for you to try or to further your practice. I want to share my true passion that I deeply hold for yoga and to help yogis with my own personal opinions of yoga products that work for me or that don't.

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