Stretches shoulders, strengthens legs
Draws focus inward
How to perform humble warrior
- Begin in Warrior I with your left foot forward. Interlace your hands behind you with an exhale.
- Lift your chest and lengthen your spine with an inhale.
- Fold forward with an exhale, bringing your torso inside of your front leg. Lift your arms up and overhead.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Lift your torso with an inhale. Step your feet together and release your arms with an exhale. Change sides.
- Anchor outer edge of foot to floor
- Relax neck
- Back knee lifted
- Knee over ankle
- Shoulders relaxed
Modification: Hold opposite elbows or a strap. Lift your back heel from the floor.
Avoid this pose if you have low back injury or high blood pressure.
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Humble warrior (Baddha Virabhadrasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the forward bends and inversions and standing categories. This asana targets glutes & hip flexors and hamstrings and quadriceps and shoulders and also involves ankles and calves muscles. Humble warrior stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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