This month we are focusing on Warrior 1 or Vira (hero/warrior) Bhadra (friend) asana (pose). As with most poses their names originate from Hindu mythology. The shape you take in this pose is meant to symbolize an arriving warrior with his hands up ready for battle. The hips and chest are facing forward and open to whatever might come.
This pose both strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, core, shoulders, and back. It can be challenging to keep the back heel down, while keeping depth in the front knee, and the hips facing forward. Try taking a wider stance to give the hips more room to maneuver to parallel. Want to take the pose deeper? Move the gaze from the floor to the hands to work on balance.
Look for this beneficial pose in your favorite Reyn Studios classes throughout the month!