3 hours ago
TAMAS TO RAJAS, Energy Lifting Sequence (Asana #4 ): VIRABHADRASANA I - Warrior I
Practicing Warrior Poses almost always guarantees a boost in strength and energy levels. When practiced with intention, they can be as powerful as their name suggests. Normally, in Vinyasa Practices, I avoid teaching Warrior I as it can be a very tricky pose to get students in to without compromising safe alignment. However, in a short HATHA practice like this sequence, it packs a lot of punch in to a short amount of time.
To come in to the pose. Make your way in to TADASANA at the back of your mat. Rotate your left foot into a 30 degree angle and step the heel of your right foot forward to line up with your left arch. Bring your hands to your hips. Inhale and as you exhale take a large step forward with your right foot, bending the front knee to a 90 degree angle and pressing weight out through the outer edge of the back left foot. Use your hands to help you pull the right hip back and the left hip forward, squaring yourself to the front of the mat. Round your tailbone down and knit your frontal ribs together to take yourself slightly out of the backbend first. Then inhale and and reach the arms overhead, either bringing the palms together for more power, or keeping them shoulder with apart. Extend and lengthen through the palms, stretching the fingertips up. Without losing the engagement of the abdominal muscles, option to lift the heart and deepen the backbend. Drishti or gaze is towards the fingertips. Stay and Breath for at least three cycles of breath. Switch sides, practice 2x on each side seeing if you can sit deeper and square more in the second rounds.
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