Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)

Stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders, neck, belly and groin
Strengthens the shoulders, arms and back
Stretches and strengthens the thighs, calves and ankles

*Should not be practiced in case of  high blood pressure or heart problems.  Should be modified in case of shoulder or neck injury.

We begin at the front of the mat in Mountain Pose.  Step one leg back about a leg length, turing the foot out at 45 degrees.  Keeping the torso and hips facing forward, inhale and take the arms up over the head, stretching through the little fingers.  On the exhale, bend the front knee.  Keep the arms strong and energised.  Press the outside edge of the back leg into the mat.  Lift the ribcage and lengthen the spine.  If it's comfortable, lift your gaze up.

Stay here for 5-8 breaths.

Inhale and straighten the front leg, exhale and release the arms, then step back into Mountain Pose.

Repeat on the other side.

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