Yoga Pose Breakdown | Warrior I, Virabhadrasana I

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 5.58.09 PM Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana I (Vira-bha-dras-ana) Virabhadra=Warrior Asana=Posture Get Started: :: Begin in Downward-Facing Dog :: Step your right foot between your hands and rise up to standing :: Spin your back heel toward the mat and your left toes slightly toward the left. Keep your heel grounded. :: Stack your right knee over your right ankle :: Bring your heels to heel to heel or slightly wider alignment, depending on the size of your hips :: Square your hips to the front of the rooms :: Lift your arms high to the sky :: Roll your shoulder blades down your spine :: Lift the crown of your head to the sky :: Steady your gaze :: Hug midline to spine Benefits: Warrior I stretches your chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly and groins. It also stretches your shoulders and arms, and the muscles in your back. It strengthens and stretches your thighs, calves and ankles. Contradictions: Be careful practicing this pose if you have high blood pressure or heart problems. If you have neck problems, steady your gaze in front of you. Know your asana: Isn't it weird to name a yoga pose after a warrior when yoga is a non-violent practice? The Bhagavad-Gita is a dialog between two famous warriors, Krishna and Arjuna, set on a battlefield between two great armies. What's really being referred to is the "spiritual warrior," who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance, the ultimate source of all our suffering. Read More: Yoga Pet Peeve | Virabhadrasana I > II | Correct Transitions A Closer Look Into the Challenges & Benefits of 8 Common Yoga Poses Attention Yoga Newbies: 5 Need to Know Yoga Poses Watch | YogaWorks Teacher Training Tip of the Week: Meet Vira I 7 Yoga Poses For People Who Can't Touch Their Toes