An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Yoga Basics: How To Do Warrior 1

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yoga Basics: How To Do Warrior 1

Have you seen the #badyogisdoit challenge on Instagram? It's a fun way to share your love of yoga, get connected to a community of yogis and show off your skills/laugh at your lack of skills. Cause with yoga, it's all good.



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.

11 comments:

  1. This is literally one of the only yoga poses I can do LOL! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. Love that last line! I really dig these posts from you! Add some links for those pants because I want them! ;-) Already pinned and stumbled. xoxoxoxo

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  3. I've been loving all of the Bad Yogi pictures on Instagram! I thought about jumping in on the fun but I'm a little behind. Side note about those leggings: are those zippers attached to a functional pocket or just for flair? Because I need some leggings with pockets for when I go on long walks now that it's getting too hot for a jacket...

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  4. This is GREATNESS. I'm glad you did this one. I still have yet to go to a yoga class, so I need all the internet instruction I can get. Womp Womp.

    Connecting through the badyogisdoit challenge has been really fun so far, and it has opened my eyes to so many different poses!

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  5. Not sure what I love more, your breakdown of this post or your pants. Let's call it a tie? It's been super fun doing this challenge so far! Except for that pistol squat day, we can definitely move on from that one...

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  6. oooh I hope you do more of these, i love the breakdown. and of course, the namaste bitches hahahaha. i think i do this correctly.. i hope!

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  7. I LOVE your picture breakdown!! SO helpful! Especially because I rarely go to classes, I just do youtube yoga flows, so no one is there to correct me! I am ALWAYS confused about what angle my back foot is supposed to be at. 45 it is!

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  8. You make it look so easy! I can only hold this pose and look like I somewhat know what I'm doing for all of two seconds before I start shaking haha might be time to practice at home

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  9. Girl I am so lost when it comes to yoga. I do baby yoga with my daughter sometimes but am still not so great at it. This and child's pose are the only ones I can even think of. Oh and tree. I can do tree pose. :)

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