Yoga for Beginners Intro – Part 11 of 20

Warrior I
Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana I
Virabhadra = a warrior from Indian mythology

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Yoga for Beginners Intro – Part 11: Warrior I

Sanskrit Name: Virabhadrasana I
Virabhadra = a warrior from Indian mythology

Benefits

  • Develops strength, endurance and balance
  • Strengthens the ankles, knees, legs, shoulders and arms as well as the core muscles of the abdomen and back
  • Increases flexibility in the calves, front groins, hips, back, shoulders and neck
  • Strengthens the muscles deep in the hips while they are in a fully lengthened position; this kind of strength helps with many other kinds of movements
  • Integrates leg strength with flexible hips
  • Opens the chest
  • Prepares the body for back bending postures

Points:

  • Keep the back leg straight and strong
  • Line up the heels
  • Back foot is fully grounded and turned in at a 60 degree angle
  • Front knee is directly above the ankle and points towards the second and third toe
  • Chest and lower belly lift
  • Shoulders relax as you reach up through the arms
  • Look up towards the ceiling

Modification:

  • If it is uncomfortable for the neck to look up or it makes balancing too difficult in the beginning just continue to look forward

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