Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Posture: Virabhadrasana I

a.k.a. Warrior I

From Downward Dog, pivot left foot 45 degrees and step right foot between the hands at the top of the mat. As torso lifts up, hips square and grown heels firmly. Lifting the arms over head, connect the palms, relax through shoulders and neck and take the gaze upward towards thumbs. Right knee should be positioned directly above the ankle and shin should be perpendicular to the floor.

Benefits include: stretches chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly and psoas (groins) * strengthens shoulders and arms, and muscles of back * stretches thighs, calves and ankles

Be mindful of the following: those with shoulder problems should keeps raised arms shoulder with apart * those with neck issues should keep head in a neutral position and avoid looking up

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