#WellnessWednesday - Yoga For Life: Week 35

Virabhadrasana l / Warrior one

Benefits:

  • Strengthening.
  • Stretches the quads.
  • Great preparation for backbends.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Feet: The front foot is pointing towards the top of your mat. The back heel is turned in enough to get your heel down.
  • Weight is balanced.
  • Back leg is straight, emphasizes inner rotation.
  • Front leg is in line with second toe and over the heel. Thigh is parallel to the earth.
  • Frontal hipbones square and lift off the front thigh.
  • Curves of the spine are balanced.
  • Arms are active and above the head.

Common Problems:

  • Stance is too narrow or too wide.
  • Hips fall towards the side of the front leg.
  • Misalignment of knees.
  • Head of arm bones are not anchored.

Modifications:

  • A wider stance right to left will allow for more mobility for tight hips.
  • Keep the back heel up.
  • Hands can be interlaced behind head or you can have cactus arms.

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