After our weekly Sunday hot yoga class, Alicia got down to demonstrating the Warrior 1 pose. In the Warrior sequence, there are three poses. This is Warrior I or Virabhadrasana I.
Her Warrior I pose is accompanied by a very deep backbend. It is not necessary to arch so far back but it’s a good practice for backbends. Similar to most yoga poses, this requires alignment of the hips – both of them should face forward. The back leg should be strong and not bent. The back foot can either be off the ground like what Alicia is doing or grounded at a 45 degrees angle.
Here I am with Emily at the Botanic Gardens doing a simple Warrior I with no backbend. We have our back foot at a 45 degrees angle on the ground instead of lifted like in the earlier photo. I’m not so sure which is more correct because different teachers have different preferences. Looking at this photo now, I think we could have shifted our shoulders further back to stretch the chest and arms.
After we our mini yoga workout, we pigged out on the food we brought for our picnic.