Warrior I is a staple in most yoga classes. This pose helps to strengthen and stretch your thighs, calves, and ankles, as well as strengthening your arms and shoulders. Here are our top three tips for Warrior I:
Keep your front knee in line with your ankle. As your deepen your pose you can start to adjust your stance further apart (lengthen) until your front leg is at a 90 degree angle, but don’t rush it!
Square your hips toward the front of your mat. You can widen your stance to help square your hips by moving your right foot toward the right side of your mat and your left foot toward the left side of your mat. As you start to gain more mobility through your legs, you can work on aligning your heels with one another.
Tuck your tailbone down toward the floor to prevent you from compressing your lower back. Visualize your pelvis parallel to the floor.
Even though Warrior sounds really serious, relax your face and maybe even smile a little bit! We hope these tips help you as you move through your practice.