It got me thinking about some of the yoga posts I've done in the past (chatturanga and sun salutation A - check them out!) I thought I'd return to my yogi roots and break down warrior 1 aka warrior A. When I practice in a class, I see so many people doing different things, some of which looks painful! So here's how to properly and safely bust out your inner warrior:
Your lower half is the most important thing to align right in warrior 1. In the pic above, my left leg is forward (you'll do this with the right forward too). Both feet should be firmly planted into the ground. Your knee should track over your ankle - don't let it come more forward than your knee or collapse inward towards your mid-line. Try to square your hips to the front of the room as much as your flexibility allows.
|View from the other side - squared off hips, knee aligned with ankle, both feet firmly planted into the ground.|
Your arms? Well they're elevated above your head, internally rotating so that your palms face each other - and the goal is to get your pinkies facing each other (see my first pic).
Happy warrior 1-ing friends! Let me know if you have additional questions in the comments below. Namaste, bitches.